Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 13:23 UTC, submitted by anonymous
IBM Just about everyone has expressed an opinion on the Novell/Microsoft patent agreement - except, that is, for the 800-pound gorilla of Linux: IBM. Today, Scott Handy, IBM's VP of Worldwide Linux and Open Source, decided that enough was enough and it was time to state IBM's position. In an interview with Linux-Watch.com, Handy opened by saying that, "IBM has long supported interoperability between Windows and Linux. As supporters of open source and open standards," he continued, "we applaud any effort to bridge this gap."
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Sodki
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2005-11-10

However, to be safe, I think that all Mono applications should be placed in the non-free repositories.

But why...? If those applications are Free, then they are Free. And Mono is Free Software too. Patenting issue with Mono is the least of our problems, in my opinion, since the big bulk of it is under an ECMA standard.

Progress bars are under a patent. Should we move to non-free all the applications that use progress bars?

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alucinor Member since:
2006-01-06

Apps that only use Core Mono are safe, but the Mono Project is also implementing unsafe portions of .NET, such as WinForms and ADO.Net

For that reason, rather than auditing every Mono-based project that comes through, it may just be easier to put Mono stuff in a separate repository, so it's easier for people to avoid those applications, especially considering that in American patent law, the customers can be sued. We have a right to avoid lawsuit, and Mono is just not safe enough.

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