Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 18:25 UTC
Debian and its clones Well, this is interesting. We already have a Mono item ruffling some feathers on OSNews today, but here we have the apparent news that Tomboy has become a default part of GNOME on Squeeze, the next release of Debian. Wait, what now? Update: I've updated the article with Fedora's position in all this. Read on! Update II: Josselin Mouette replies.
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And yet again...
by AlexandreAM on Sat 13th Jun 2009 05:54 UTC
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I still maintain the very same position:

I don't care about patent threats like being sued for using Mono or Moonlight. That would trigger the "patent world war" and yadda yadda, blah blah...

Seriously, that is NOT the point. I fear the scenario where Microsoft decides to license it much more than I fear the one where they decide to sue us.

If Microsoft were to start charging, say, US$ 0.10 for each installed instance of software that uses concepts patented by them, that would most likely not hurt the proprietary world who use .Net at all, but it would screw any Open Source System based on it.

I don't care if Tomboy uses Mono, I just won't use it. F-Spot? To hell with it, not going to worry. I start to worry about things like Gnome-Do.

Great Technology! The features are quite nice, and there seems to be some ideas forming about having it becoming the default interface for Gnome in a not-so-near-future (or did I get that wrong from possible Gnome 3.0 roadmaps?)

Because, the day a major Desktop like GNOME start having a core dependency on software that relies on a patent Microsoft controls, I'd bet they'd, not pull the plug, but simply regularize the situation and charge a symbolic fee on the patent licensing.

Hell, either that or they're angels. Because I'm sure as hell I would do it. If my competitor{,s} base{s,} a major part of {it's,their} product on technology I control and they can't afford to pay *any* licensing fee, I'd charge the smallest possible to make sure my partners are not screwed, and just watch the chaos, because if Gnome-related companies pay, MS wins, if they don't pay, MS wins too.

Edit to add a little bit more clarity to the post. And please excuse possible mistakes. My Spellchecker is not working and English is definitely not a native language for me. And the grammar errors? Well, I just have to learn more ;)

Edited 2009-06-13 05:57 UTC

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