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Microsoft joins Open Invention Network
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by jonsmirl on 2018-10-10 21:28:22

I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft is joining the Open Invention Network ("OIN"), a community dedicated to protecting Linux and other open source software programs from patent risk.

We know Microsoft’s decision to join OIN may be viewed as surprising to some; it is no secret that there has been friction in the past between Microsoft and the open source community over the issue of patents. For others who have followed our evolution, we hope this announcement will be viewed as the next logical step for a company that is listening to customers and developers and is firmly committed to Linux and other open source programs.

Chalk this one up to the "good news, no ifs and buts about it" section.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
By Drumhellar on 2018-10-11 22:33:36
For sure.

Why isn't exFAT in the kernel already, I wonder. Is it solely due to patent issues?
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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
By galvanash on 2018-10-12 01:30:32
The code has been GPL'd for 2 years, but it only became public because of an accidental leak... It was GPLd after the fact, but their are a lot of kernel developers that don't want to touch it because it wasn't intended to be OSS originally and only became such because of legal pressure due to its mere existence being a GPL violation (its a kernel driver, once the source code became public it spread like wildfire and became a problem).

Edited 2018-10-12 01:32 UTC
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Comment by kurkosdr
By kurkosdr on 2018-10-15 13:49:51
Just as I suspected, the exfat patents aren't in.
https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18...
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