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RFS = FAT + journal? Robust - sigh...

RFS = FAT + journal? Robust - sigh...

Posted Nov 28, 2009 20:15 UTC (Sat) by efexis (guest, #26355)
In reply to: RFS = FAT + journal? Robust - sigh... by pflugstad
Parent article: SamyGO: replacing television firmware

Wow that's a lot of assumptions there, like that things are *ever* that simple. Okay, sometimes things are that simple, but most of the time, when something's screaming "this is so simple why can't they see it?" at you, that's usually a strong sign that it's not and there are other factors you're not considering. As much as there are GPL constraints pulling in one direction, there's a fair chance that there are several other licenses on what they can do with the code pulling them in other directions. For a start, we know it's a VFAT compatible filesystem, and from what we've seen recently with TomTom, Microsoft's ownership of that IP will stand up in court, which means chances are Samsung (or "Flash Software Group") currently have a licensing agreement with MS to allow them to use the code, and who knows whom else they've licensed code or other IP that covers what else they can do with it. Judging by the fact that there's other open source driver downloads on their website for other parts of the system or other products, I'm definitely inclined to believe that it's simply a case of contending licensing issues...

But really, it's a FAT based filesystem that open implementations can still read/write to should the need be there, who cares? Let 'em have their locked away filesystem add-ons, there's so much better out there and on the way.

As far as patenting goes, that covers implementation, if they do their transactional IO differently then it doesn't come under that patent, and if they don't do it different, then the patent holder is probably just someone else who Samsung have a licensing agreement with adding constraints. It's just business.


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RFS = FAT + journal? Robust - sigh...

Posted Dec 2, 2009 7:34 UTC (Wed) by tdwebste (guest, #18154) [Link]

>For a start, we know it's a VFAT compatible filesystem,
>and from what we've seen recently with TomTom, Microsoft's
>ownership of that IP will stand up in court

We do NOT know if VFAT would stand up in court. All we know is TomTom and Microsoft were willing to settle out of court.


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