"Worries over intellectual property can make for strange
bedfellows. In the case of Microsoft Corp.'s nearly ubiquitous FAT
(file allocation table) file system, it's Microsoft and the Linux
"The open-source community has an enormous interest in the
outcome of last week's decision by the United States Patent and
Trademark Office to re-examine the patent Microsoft holds on the
FAT file system, a format used for the interchange of media between
computers and digital devices..."