Microsoft scored yet another patent licensing deal yesterday, this time with automotive tech firm DENSO Corp. Redmond said the agreement, financial terms of which were kept secret, “builds on” prior patent deals struck with Alpine Electronics, Pioneer and TomTom. “Although the details of the agreement have not been disclosed, …
Why, oh why, oh why
...are these pillocks not using another file system like ZFS by now? All they've got to do is shift a driver CD with the device which will also format any memory cards/sticks before the punter puts it in the car stereo/satnav or whatever.
"....another file system like ZFS..."
Yes, 'cos being sued by NetApp rather than MS is infinitely preferable.....
Why use FAT32 anyway?
If this is what it is about, and their device is linux powered, why not use a native format like EXT3?
If it's a linux based device, it is more than capable of reading non-Microsoft patented file formats. Connect it to you PC via USB, and use it to read/write to the storage card instead of Windows accessing it directly. It should be no different than using network storage - Windows can access files on linux filservers using EXT3 without having to install drivers.
.. so you can read the user's USB key with music on
... for the integrated nav/control/entertainment centre.
So tell the user they have to use a special key that can only be used for the car. You can even sell it to them at a huge mark up for 'additional performance'.