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Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..

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Subject: Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 20:17:01 GMT
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Doug Mentohl wrote:

> 'Microsoft's got a long history of licensing its File Allocation
> Table/Long File Name (FAT LFN) with companies in the car navigation
> space and that have specifically been using Linux and open source'
> 'Microsoft's corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of
> intellectual property and licensing Horacio Gutierrez said 18 companies
> had signed up, including Kenwood, Alpine, and Pioneer'
> 'Microsoft is eroding Linux and open source and slowing their
> development. A deal with Microsoft prevents GPL'd code from returning to
> the ecosystem whence it came, with any improvements or updates, as
> companies that do patent licensing deals with Microsoft must keep it
> in-house ...'

Its futile pandering to failing companies like Micoshaft.

TomTom is better off spending its energies eliminating FAT from all its
products and encouraging other manufacturers to do the same. There is free
EXT2 which is faster than FAT32 and drivers for it are available under windummy OSen.
So do the right thing and put out a robust response.
Help with funding to eliminate FAT32 and help others eliminate micoshaft
formats and drop support for micoahft products across the industry.
Go out there are educate retailers that Embedded Linux has made
them more money than micosahft/appil ever did and its better for
them to drop micoshaft products and promote more Linux based products
like TomTom and open data formats like EXT2 in favour of Linux
than promote old slow formats like FAT32 which is not healthy for retailer
profit margins.

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