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internetnews.com: A FAT Licensing Uproar?

Dec 24, 2003, 20:30 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Wagner)

"Microsoft's recent decision to pursue a royalty-bearing licensing strategy, which includes its internally developed FAT Allocation Table (FAT) file system, is stirring up new theories in the technology world.

"Where many industry watchers applauded the move by the world's largest software company to open up its intellectual property, others saw it as a move to put a stumbling block in the way of Linux, the open source operating system whose growth threatens the dominance of Windows.

"Readers at popular online forum Slashdot.org weighed in with the claim that the licensing policy was the beginning of Microsoft's efforts to shut down Linux. The newly-launched Public Patent Foundation is urging the United States Patent and Trademark Office to re-examine what it claims are 'wrongly issued' patents, primarily in response to Microsoft's new IP policy..."

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