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 lemur2 on Tue 7th Jul 2009 11:02 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.?


The way I read the agreement is that the promise is only over the ECMA specifications

Agree. No parts of .NET are covered except C# and CLI.

This conclusion is strongly supported by the act of Mono splitting itself into two parts ... essentially being one part which is covered, and one which is not.

What it does mean, happily, is that recent announcements by Debian and Ubuntu have lost a lot of import ... both can now ship just one half of Mono (the covered half) as part of the default install.

So GNOME will have the covered parts of Mono installed by default ... that is almost a guaranteed outcome now.

This will quite possibly cause some defections from GNOME.

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