Microsoft and TomTom navigate to agreement over Linux

Microsoft and TomTom have settled for an undisclosed amount after the giant claimed that TomTom’s use of Linux violated its FAT filesystem patent.

TomTom has agreed to allow Microsoft use of four of its navigation patents for free as well as the removal of some functionality in its PNDs within the next two years.

Microsoft will be delighted that they have steered clear of a full blown lawsuit and have kicked TomTom kicked to the kerb on this one. TomTom thought they were in the driving seat but after going down the path they have found it’s best to reverse and take the long way home.

The agreements TomTom have accepted will be a real dent in their plans and Microsoft may see this as an opportunity to drive home their ambitions and press ahead with the court case in fifth gear.

I am here all day people.

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