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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Slambert666
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2008-10-30

"The enemies from the Java camp that hate everything dotNET.
Interesting point, Java. When Sun (re)licensed Java under the terms of the GPLv2 + Classpath exception, they essentially granted a RAND-Z patent license for all relevant patents to Java. The moment MS grants a similar patent grant/license, lots of "hate" from the "camps" you enumerated in your post will more or less evaporate "

Dude, you are a patent apologist.

There are no good software patents and it does not matter who has them and what they do with them. Trying to differentiate between good and bad patents lends credibility to the software patent system, and it does not deserve that.

Singling out Mono as a "special" target for "patent infringement" just shows irrational bias... Why not OpenGL or Skinning (for gods sake)...

Patent: US Patent 7451399
Assignee: Microsoft (Redmond, WA)
Abstract: Methods and systems for creating and rendering skins are described. In one described embodiment, a skin is defined using at least one skin definition that defines the skin in a hierarchical tag-based language.

Well KDE does that, and it is a part of the core, so now you will stop using KDE?

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