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 23:53 UTC

He has known about that patent since its public unveiling. That patent app is exactly what has everyone up in arms. As you said, that patent covers the entire API, ECMA and all. It might not be valid, but as a poor Open Source developer, do you have the resources to fight it? Neither do I. Novell does, which might be the real reason for Miguel's cavalier attitude. Miguel hasn't believed in Free Software principles for quite sometime. Perhaps he has come to terms with the fact that Mono might very well be a proprietary technology (due to the patents), controlled by Novell/Ximian.