Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Oct 2008 10:37 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Mono Project The Mono project has released Mono 2.0. As most of you will know, Mono is an open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and other operating systems. The 2.0 release comes packed with new features, the main ones being the compiler upgrade to C# 3.0 with support for LINQ, as well as the inclusion of ADO.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 2.0 and System.Windows.Forms 2.0. The release notes detail all the changes and new features.
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RE[5]: Amazing
by miguel on Mon 6th Oct 2008 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Amazing"
miguel
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Well, Mono 2.0 includes Moonlight.


It does not include Moonlight; We have not released Moonlight yet.


Moonlight includes Microsoft-supplied patented binary codecs.


Moonlight ships without codecs. If you want to watch patent encumbered videos and audio (mp3, h.264, vc1) you will need to get the codecs from Microsoft or if you live in a country where those patents are invalid you can use the open source FFMPEG libraries, Mono supports those out of the box.


Mono 2.0 also includes Windows.forms, ADO.NET and ASP.NET, which are also patented Microsoft technologies which are specifically marked as "not for commercial redistribution" by Microsoft. Unless licensed from Microsoft.


There is nothing "specifically marked as `not for commercial redistribution'" in anything you listed above. You are confused.


All of these technologies require a license from Microsoft in order for people to be allowed to run them. It really is that simple.


We have a policy to not infringe patents, see our web site. And if a patent exists that is not covered by a patent grant, and it is valid with no prior art, we are committed to redoing the code in a non-infringing way, or removing the functionality.

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