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Re: Fedora Core 3 Wishlist



On Sun, Jun 06, 2004 at 02:41:53PM -0500, Jeff Vian wrote:
> >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$.

Well, the ntfs-kernel page @ sourceforge only has read support and write
to already allocated blocks (it doesn't touch metadata). So in that case I
don't see the problem. :)

Regards,
Luciano Rocha

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