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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RE: minefield
by Slambert666 on Sat 30th May 2009 16:28 UTC in reply to "minefield"
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Finally a sane voice in the midst of all this stupidity.

The US patent system is broken and rotten to the core. To even put forth the argument that mono must be avoided because of "patents" is the exact same as saying that the software patent system is working and must be "respected". Personally I find it difficult to believe that there are so many "patent lovers" on this site.

The second problem is that many of the comments here against mono seems to argue that you as a software developer are better protected against patent threats when developing for microsoft? Ie you will not be sued if you use microsoft dotNET only if you use an alternative implementation like mono...

Finally mono is currently the best all round development framework for linux, I can do gui's with native look and feel and good integration with the rest of the os, I can do web applications, deamons etc. With MonoDevelop I have a good IDE with debugger that will allow me to be productive as a developer. If Mono were not there I would not be using or developing for linux, it is as simple as that.

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