Archive for February, 2009
According to this article on Ars Technica, Microsoft has filed a patent suit against Tom Tom NV, a Dutch company, and its U.S. subsidiary, Tom Tom, Inc:
Microsoft has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against TomTom alleging that the device maker’s products, including some that are Linux-based, infringe on patents related to Microsoft’s FAT32 filesystem. This marks the first time that Microsoft has enforced its FAT patents against the Linux platform, a move that some free software advocates have long feared could be disastrous.
The so called FAT patents have a history.
According to this story on Marketwire, there has been dramatic growth in FOSS applications for mobile devices. The story cites a study by Black Duck Software, a company that helps businesses develop software that contains FOSS components. It spiders the web looking for FOSS applications and collects downloadable apps into a FOSS repository.
It found around 2300 FOSS applications for mobile devices. A summary of its results over the fold.