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, The-Source.com 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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So we all agree then...
by ducker on Tue 14th Dec 2010 14:48 UTC
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That namespace patents are likely to fail as they have previously, so ms CANNOT sue mono for the reasons suggested in the news post.

If you do not agree sit back and think for a sec.. nobody has proven ANY theft of any code.. the only thing for debate is the names of the libraries NOT the way they are implemented.

All this stuff about oracle not going to sue java implementations is nice conjecture and big call given the current environment..and given that sun /oracles future is in serious doubt and needs $ .. due mainly to MS SQL clusters ;)

Speculating Microsoft is about to go broke is not worth responding to.

HOWEVER There is a chance that microsoft may sue mono for the implementation of mono infringing on a software patent. This has NOTHING to do with the news post.

If ms can sue mono for some xml patent... anyone irrespective of how or why the implemented can be charged a royalty.

Microsoft can sue me if i use texture mapped graphics (look up the patent history yourself).. or if i use a memory mapped file... i hope some of you can actually code so can understand the rather simple ideas im suggesting. Did you know that australian government can charge me for driving my car without a person walking in front of it with a flag (look it up if u really want) ?

This is the law im afraid its woefully out of date and often completely behind the times.

Simple implementation patents for software have been handed out for years... such as the amazon 1 click patent.. or the top pixel line across the screen patent (apple).. just because a patent is grated does not mean it will stand up in court or that litigation is impending.

Nokia Apple and Google are all fighting over patents that are often unenforceable at the moment.. patents that were given to them with no checking for pior art.. or that they are so basic or fundamental (ie texture mapping or mem mapped files)

Microsoft is no more likely to (or be able to) sue mono than java... or android.. or me... or you.

The only patents that are in question are software implementation patents that apply to ALL software that implements them.

It has nothing at all to do with mono. This story is a beat up of a non-issue .. you have been fooled.

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