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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by hohum on Fri 21st May 2004 16:39 UTC

You are right, but that doesn't change the impetus of the argument. Rotor's release date notwithstanding, it is licensed in a RAND+ROYALTY FREE manner.

That license grants use of the software for non-commercial purposes. It forbids use or distribution of any commercial nature.

Further, the license specifically states:

"You may use any information in intangible form that you remember after accessing the Software. However, this right does not grant you a license to any of Microsoft's copyrights or patents for anything you might create using such information."

The point being, Microsoft could well grant use of their ECMA core patents in a RAND+ROYALTY FREE manner which would be entirely useless to this community.