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[5]: Comment by kaiwai
by jpobst on Tue 7th Jul 2009 14:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai"
jpobst
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What hacks me off is the fact that you don't see the sort of patent happy stupidity from the UNIX world if people dare to implement the SUS03 specification, we didn't see Sun sue third parties that implemented the Java framework (as long as they didn't call it Java), and we haven't seen Apple sue GNUStep developers for reimplementing OpenStep. Why is Microsoft the only company who seems to have this desire to be the ultimate prick of the software world?


We also haven't seen Microsoft suing Mono for reimplementing .NET. In fact, this is them going out of their way to make it explicit that they will not sue, something that I doubt Sun/Java (pre-GPL) or Apple/OpenStep ever did.

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