Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 21st May 2004 01:17 UTC
Mono Project The tomato war between Red Hat, Novell and the developer Gnome community about Mono and its legal safety continued today. Novell's Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza replied to yesterday's editorial by Red Hat's Seth Nickell. Later, Red Hat's Havoc Pennington replied to Nat and Gnome's Andrew Sobala also threw a few (metallic) cents too. For future episodes, bookmark PlanetGnome (unverified rumors circulating on IRC claim that eggs might be used next if there is no sign of their lawyers meeting with Microsoft to try to give an end to the saga). In any case, you don't want to miss this.
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patents and ECMA standardization
by PainKilleR on Fri 21st May 2004 12:54 UTC

As far as the ECMA standard portions of C# and the CLI are concerned, the ECMA has a policy regarding patents and how they are to be licensed if something covered by those patents is to remain an ECMA standard:

http://www.ecma-international.org/memento/codeofconduct.htm

Of course, that does not completely cover the terms that would be needed to maintain a GPL-licensed implementation, and it certainly does not cover the non-standard portions. On the other hand, it does show that Microsoft has some responsibility to the RAND portion, as vague as that term may be, in order to maintain the status of C# and the CLI as standards.