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Re: [gNewSense-users] FAT patents

From: Brian Brazil
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] FAT patents
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 12:47:18 +0100

On 7/27/07, Chris Andrew <address@hidden> wrote:
> All,
> I picked this up from the Gobuntu list.  May be worthy of consideration.

Thus far with gNewSense we have taken no stance on patents. That is we
don't explicitly add or remove any piece of software due to patents.
If it happens to be removed anyway (e.g. due to being sourceless or in
multiverse/restricted) that's coincidental.

Software patents are a scourge on Free Software, and if we were to
heed them than we'd not have any software at all, as it is impossible
to know if any given piece of software is covered by a patent or
patents in some jurisdiction.


> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Markus Laire <address@hidden>
> Date: 27-Jul-2007 11:44
> Subject: Re: FAT patents (was Re: Patents)
> To:
> Cc: address@hidden
> On 7/27/07, Keith G. Robertson-Turner
> <address@hidden> wrote:
> > > it will need to remove everything, including Emacs, and evaporate.
> >
> > No. Just Mono, and any other Microsoft technology.
> What about FAT (especially long filename support) which is patented
> Microsoft technology?
> According to Wikipedia [1], at least long filenames in FAT seems to be
> patented, so should that be removed from gobuntu?
> [1]
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