Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 17th May 2011 12:05 UTC
Mono Project Two weeks ago we covered the news that the Mono development team were let go kicked out by the new owners of Novel, Attachmate, apparently to move operations to Germany. Miguel de Icazza, founder of Mono, has taken this opportunity to break off on his own and has started a new company, Xamarin, to bring commercial .NET development products to iOS and Android.
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RE[2]: legal Problems are deep
by henderson101 on Thu 19th May 2011 10:07 UTC in reply to "RE: legal Problems are deep"
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Mono classes which are not part of the technology Microsoft has submitted to ECMA have no coverage under the Microsoft Community Promise.


I think, for iOS, the more tricky aspect of this is the Mono Runtime itself. It's LGPL (EEEK!!) unless commercially licensed (as it was in MonoTouch.) That means that for Miguel's new venture, they need to Commercially license Mono Runtime from Attachmate to enable them to statically link it to an iOS executable. Do you see a bit of an issue here? I do. I'm not really going to go in to insane speculation mode, but to Commercially license a runtime from your nemesis - isn't this dangerous? Basically, Attachmate would be in direct competition if they continue to sell MonoTouch. So they could easily revoke the license or block it.

No Miguel is a resourceful guy, so I'm hoping they'll just create their own Runtime in the course of this. Then license than as BSD. And we'll all be free of the BS that surrounds staticly linking the Mono Runtime to any exe on any platform

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