Winmodem-like solid state storage
Posted Apr 11, 2009 20:25 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: Winmodem-like solid state storage
Parent article: Linux Storage and Filesystem Workshop, day 2
Thanks for elucidating the patent angle.
But that really just raises another issue. With flash storage having its novel foibles, I find it hard to believe there aren't patents covering the various things you have to do to make it useful. Method for storing data on flash without wearing out hot spots? Method for extracting small blocks of data from flash quickly?
I'm confident that we can do better than anything they can do inside their little black box.
So you're saying there is innovation to be done. That means there's something for someone to monopolize with a patent.
At least with a black box, the patents are all paid for as part of acquiring the box. In contrast, when you need a patent license to run some code in your own Linux system, it usually means the code is useless.
So it still looks to me like Winmodem-style flash storage would be a bane to Linux and free software.
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