Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Jul 2009 08:51 UTC, submitted by PLan
Mono Project We've already seen some heavy discussion on Mono and C# here on OSNews the past few weeks, as it became clear the patent situation regarding the ECMA parts of Mono was anything but faith inspiring. This issue seems to be resolved now: Microsoft has made a legally binding promise not to sue anyone who uses or distributes implementations of said ECMA standards. Following this news, Mono will be split in two; the ECMA standard parts, and the rest.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by jhominal on Tue 7th Jul 2009 10:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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That is nice but how much is actually covered? in the case of .NET, does the promise cover both the ECMA components as well as the likes of ASP.NET, Winforms, WPF etc.?

Everything I have read here seems to mean that only the ECMA parts (CLI, C#) are covered by that promise.

What this promise accomplishes, AFAIU, is that applications developed with the "Community promise + Free software" stack will be as much at risk from patent litigation from Microsoft as any other free software.

As for .NET being useless without the "sexy parts", I can only argue that GNOME Do and Banshee (Music player) are two very useful applications, for which I have yet to see better alternatives for my Gnome desktop.

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