Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th May 2009 22:32 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project If there is one technology in the Linux world that ruffles feathers whenever it's mentioned, it's Mono, the open source .Net clone. Since .Net comes out of Microsoft, and has some patents encircling it, it is said to be a legal nightmare. Supposedly, you can obtain a "royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory" license from Microsoft regarding the patents surrounding Mono. iTWire decided to look at just how easy (or hard) it is to get such a license. Turns out it's kind of hard.
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Freedom is important to me - but it has its limits when it comes to practical matters. I can allow myself to pay for software - heck I pay for a few free software projects today. It's called donating.

Great. Good for you. Seriously. You have to keep in mind though that Gnome and Linux are *FREE* software (as in beer and freedom). Free. F-R-E-E. Mono and C# are currently free as in beer but are absolutely not free as in Freedom and their is no guarantee that they will even stay free as in Beer.

Incorporating proprietary technologies into FOSS projects is not an option. At all. So while you and Miguel can do whatever you want and I agree it is no one's business in general, when someone tries to push this technology into a free project under false pretenses that is lame. Saying so is not "bashing". Saying so is just the truth and being pissed at Miguel about it is perfectly justified.

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