Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 193989
RFE/question: NTFS support
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:34 EST
I'd like to hereby reopen an already existing bug, which I can't due to
insufficient rights to someone else's bug. This has been already discussed in
bug #65749, which has been CLOSED as a WONTFIX.
I'm prepared for this to end up WONTFIX as well (though it would be great if it
didn't) but I'd like to get some more official comments on this from Red Hat as
the answers to questions already asked in the above mentioned bug were very
limited if any at all.
The document (FAQ -- answer to question 6.2) at URL
says: `Red Hat always refers patents which donât exist.' The only answer to this
was (bug #65749, comment #24): `After discussion with counsel, we deem the
inclusion of NTFS in the Fedora project to be too risky. Patent encumbrance.'
So, please, could Red Hat be more specific on this issue?
Severeal other distros are being reported to include NTFS support without any
problems in this regard. Therefore a question arises if the patent concerns are
real? And as was stated in the mentioned bug, how does this differ from other
software that could be written only after successful reverse engineering (namely
samba and rdesktop)? (As for rdesktop I remember the developers expected RDP
protocol ver. 5 to be complicated due to patent and/or license issues as well.
But recently I read the new protocol version is supported as well.)
Thank you in advance for consideration and explanation.
Sorry, the proper link to the FAQ document should have been
`http://wiki.linux-ntfs.org/doku.php?id=ntfs-en' or directly to the mentioned
A preview beffore real bug submission would be nice but I guess this would be an
RFE to the Mozilla Foundation's Bugzilla...
Dont confuse specific patent issues with generally acceptable reverse
engineering cases. Anyway this particular issue is already raised by me to
Fedora Advisory Board and we are waiting on counsel feedback on this issue. I am
closing this bug as we dont want to track this in bugzilla.