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> I'd actually prefer to see the code ripped out and no config option available; 
> it would the clearest avoidance case possible.

What about the free world - why should we suffer because Americans have
a broken patent system ? That just leads to a Farenheit 451 model where
the kernel sources end up containing no code, text or image that can
offend, harm or be found wanting in any possible legal jurisdiction.

If we put in VFAT american fixes presumably we need to put in monitoring
features required by dubious governments ?

If you want to rip stuff out of your copy feel free. I am quite sure many
US based vendors will do that (because they do so already with things
like video codecs rather than just disabling the build option).

Also please stop calling it VFAT. With the changes made it isn't VFAT and
it's misleading to an end user to advertise it as vfat and users
shouldn't accidentally be able to specify -o vfat and get non-vfat. Thats
asking for incompatibility, data loss and unpleasant unwarned of suprises.

Its "linfat" or something which when you've fixed the bugs Pavel has
pointed out might be semi-compatible with other products (most *FAT using
products don't use Microsofts implementation). Testing it versus Windows
and saying it works is not really adequate. Thats what ACPI and BIOS
people do that *we* moan about all the time.


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