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[3]: Comment by LB06
by asmoore82 on Sun 31st May 2009 23:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by LB06"
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"Just see what happened with FAT and TomTom.

that's something completely different
fat is free, only the vfat-extension has to be licensed from ms if you want to implement long filenames
and ms has always charged money for it from hardware-vendors

what if you want read-only access to volume with long filenames enabled?
That is akin to "obfuscated by Microsoft and costs money to decrypt."

"want to implement long filenames" -
so you have to pay and then still implement it yourself?
WTF is that? Business as usual at Microsoft. Die Mono Die.

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