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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Re: Network .Net Patent
by Anonymous on Sat 22nd May 2004 15:06 UTC

So this means that I can patent how I have arranged the flowers in my garden?

You probably could. You could even sue me if I arrange my flowers the same way. You wouldn't get very far, because your case would be obviously frivolous and you don't have a fancy team of lawyers, but you could.

With something like .NET, an infringement suit might have poor grounds, but they wouldn't be so poor as to get thrown out of court immediately. Moreover, MS has big lawyers.

Novell probably figures they have about a 1 in 4 chance of getting sued and a 1 in 4 chance of losing. That means they'd have a 5% chance of getting sued and losing, which they can handle. But things are different for J. Random Hacker. Even if Novell or someone were to step in along the way, just the initial legal fees before that happens could be ruinous.

That's what Seth means by risk analysis. That's why a lot of people are just fine with Mono existing, even being used for apps; but don't want it in the core of Gnome.