[syslinux] Syslinux Digest, Vol 164, Issue 2

Phil Pokorny ppokorny at penguincomputing.com
Fri Nov 18 12:34:59 PST 2016

On Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 12:24 PM, H. Peter Anvin <hpa at zytor.com> wrote:
> On 11/07/16 14:27, Phil Pokorny via Syslinux wrote:
> >
> > EFI requires a FAT filesystem.  Ideally FAT32 but that might be encumbered
> > by Microsoft patents?  Maximum size of a FAT16 partition is 2GB.
> >
> > Use mkfs.vfat  You can try the "-F 32" if you're not worried about  being
> > sued by Microsoft.
> >
> I'm not a lawyer, and this is NOT legal advice, but:

Neither am I....  Same caveat

> 1. The patents applied to long filenames in FAT, not FAT32.
> 2. I believe the patents expired last year.

Thank you for the correction. Good to know.

I believe I was confusing FAT32 with ExFAT.

Phil P.

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