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____/ Homer on Saturday 03 Sep 2011 03:21 : \____
> Verily I say unto thee that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> ____/ Homer on Saturday 03 Sep 2011 00:32 : \____
>>> Verily I say unto thee that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>>>> Amazon pays Microsoft for Linux (after entryism).
>>> Are you sure that isn't just Ballmer's misleading propaganda that
>>> really only concerns FAT (ref: your recent phone conversation with
>>> Keith Bergelt)?
>>> Personally, I'd like to see a mainstream news article that sets the
>>> record straight on this issue once and for all. Perhaps Keith could
>>> do an interview.
>> I can certainly ask him. He encouraged me to phone him any time. So,
>> do we basically want a separation between FAT deals and Linux deals?
> Yes, in fact the so-called FAT patents aren't even about the filesystem
> itself, just long filename support (see: TomTom). Surely there's some
> way around something that trivial using an alternative implementation.
Tridge wrote a patch for that within weeks. I think it's a backward-compat.
thing now, even for TomTom (they depart from FAT, IIRC).
>> From what I recall (I didn't take any notes), Microsoft bundles some
>> of those deals under meta-packages, like... one would be the file
>> systems thing, another would be the Samba thing
> I thought the EU Commission ruled Microsoft had to open the SMB spec and
> allow royalty-free implementations:
> Is Microsoft violating that ruling?
>> they have a 4-letter acronym for it
> I can think of another four letter word for it.
>> and for Android he said it's really just ActiveSync
> Screw ActiveSync. Let Office users sync through Google's Cloud like
> everyone else. Surely it should be up to Microsoft to provide that at
> the application level, and sell it on Apple's app store / Android
> Market, not make boiler-room deals with smartphone manufacturers.
Exactly, that's what I thought.
~~ Best of wishes
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