Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian We were well aware that Novell had put itself on the market, coyly winking at passers-by, displaying its... Assets. VMware was a contender, but things have played out entirely different: Novell has been bought by Attachmate Corp., with a Microsoft-led consortium buying unspecified intellectual property from Novell.
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RE[10]: rms was right- as usual
by gnufreex on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 23:19 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: rms was right- as usual"
gnufreex
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2010-05-06

Actually he is right, that means proprietary. If Free Software license is not enough and if other license is required, then that other license must be examined too. If that license is proprietary, the program is proprietary.

The problem with Mono is that additional license required from Microsoft is gray area and not talked about. Regular Mono zealot will claim that Mono is free software, and it would be so if there was not patent threat. Then, then you read the ECMA RAND terms and "Community promise", your head starts spinning. With those implied restrictions (and some explicit), Mono is not Free Software at all. The fact that MSFT is not enforcing restrictions now, doesn't mean they wont start tomorrow.

tl;dr If you look only copyright part and obfuscate patent issues, Mono is free software. But fact that you are required to get patent license to use Mono (legally) makes it proprietary.

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