Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Dec 2010 19:27 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project For the most time, I've been firmly in the largest camp when it comes to the Mono debate - the 'I don't care'-camp. With patent lawsuits being hotter than Lady Gaga right now, that changed. For good reason, so it seems; while firmly in the 'ZOMG-MICROSOFT-IS-T3H-EVILL!1!!ONE!'-camp, investigated the five most popular Mono applications, and the conclusion is clear: all of them implement a lot of namespaces which are not covered by Microsoft's community promise thing.
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RE[2]: Poty
by dylansmrjones on Tue 14th Dec 2010 10:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Poty"
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What's that supposed to solve? It's just running on top of a JVM and solves nothing in regard to patents.

The patent issues are completely unrelated to the programming languages and name spaces in question. It is perfectly possible to "violate" the software patents relevant to .NET using Commodore BASIC. And it is possible to use the same name spaces with mono without "violating" the patents. Neither interfaces nor programming languares are copyrightable or patentable.

No matter what you do you are at risk of getting sued for patent violation - unless you are one of chosen ones living in an actual free country (which kinda means not USA).

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