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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Valdis Kletnieks <valdis@vt.edu> On Behalf Of Valdis Kletnieks
> Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:51 AM
> To: KY Srinivasan <kys@microsoft.com>
> Cc: Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>; Theodore Ts'o
> <tytso@mit.edu>; Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>; Greg Kroah-
> Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>; linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org;
> linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; devel@driverdev.osuosl.org; Sasha Levin
> <sashal@kernel.org>
> Subject: Re: exfat filesystem
>
> On Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:39:31 -0000, KY Srinivasan said:
>
> > Let me dig up the details here.
>
> In case this helps clarify the chain of events, the code in question is the
> Samsung code mentioned here, updated to 5.2 kernel....
>
> "We know that Microsoft has done patent troll shakedowns in the past on
> Linux products related to the exfat filesystem. While we at Conservancy
> were successful in getting the code that implements exfat for Linux released
> under GPL (by Samsung), that code has not been upstreamed into Linux. So,
> Microsoft has not included any patents they might hold on exfat into the
> patent non-aggression pact."
>
> https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2018/oct/10/microsoft-oin-exfat/
>
> (Link in that para points here):
> https://sfconservancy.org/news/2013/aug/16/exfat-samsung/
>
Thanks Valdis. I have started an internal thread on this; will get back ASAP.

K. Y
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