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Re: Fedora Core 3 Wishlist

Luciano Miguel Ferreira Rocha wrote:

On Sun, Jun 06, 2004 at 01:58:04PM -0400, Tom Diehl wrote:

On Sun, 6 Jun 2004, Paul Duffy wrote:

On Sunday 06 Jun 2004 17:00, Sean Estabrooks wrote:

Because you insist on using proprietary, encumbered technologies that
would make RedHat vulnerable to legal action if they distributed them.

As they do in the kernel source they provide.

Think binaries. That is what matters. Do not ask me why I am not a lawyer.

Well, xmms source had mp3 support removed.

Different issue AFAICT. The mp3 protocol is under different rules and there are different patent/copyright issues involved.

NTFS is a filesystem that can be read by anything that can read raw data from the disk (all filesystems contain data on the disk so this is no surprise). How it is handled is the subject of their proprietary software, and anybody can freely develop the code to read the data, and even write it (if you ignore the metadata). However, 'how' the data is read is by handling the raw data from the disk. Even the linux NTFS modules are still listed as experimental and the last time I checked were 'read only'. As I understand it, the metadata for the filesystem which contains the filesystem permissions, access lists, etc., is the really tough stuff to handle and so NTFS as it is used by linux does not utilize the metadata files, but rather ignores that stuff.

If I understand correctly, reading the data is not illegal. Writing it *using techniques that would not hose the filesystem* is the tough (and possibley illegal) part, because it would have to utilize the same metadata management as used by M$.

I do not know. Ask YOUR lawyer. If your lawyer says this is wrong take it up
wth Red Hat's legal department, not this list. Red Hat's legal dept. opinion
is all that matters wrt inclusion of NTFS in the distro. Nothing else will
get it included.

Now, if you can adopt a less patronising attitude (as some of us don't really have an option when it comes to not installing Windows and it doesn't always let you format for FAT32 on install) and tell me how including it in the kernel source but not the kernel makes a legal difference that would be much appreciated.

Ummm, lets see NTFS source is closed. In the USA Reverse engineering is
illegal (Think DMCA).

That's not true. Well, not globally anyway.

Red Hat is a USA based Corporation, therefore subject
to the laws of the USA. Is this clear enough for you or do I need to continue
explaining the obvious?

Well, I'm not in the USA. Couldn't Fedora have an International section?

If you really need this included in an Open Source
distro why not get M$ to open source the NTFS file system.

Not enough. The problem here is in the patent system.

I am sure if they
did that everyone would then include it in their distro. Until then if you
must use this crap then you will have to recompile the modules.

This is my 1 and only response to this thread. If you need a further
explaination, try reading the archives. If people would at least try reading
the archives b4 posting the traffic on this and most lists would be greatly

True, it gets tiresome. Could an automatic reply system for such usual cases be implemented?

Luciano Rocha

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