Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2007 07:55 UTC, submitted by Augusto
Novell and Ximian "Two months ago, the Brazilian Linux community gathered around BR-Linux invited Novell to answer 10 questions sent and selected by the users, about the company's stance on Linux, open source, licenses, document formats and other subjects." "Novell has been very consistent on this issue and we have publicly stated that we do not believe that Linux infringes on any Microsoft patents. That being said, our agreement with Microsoft takes the patent issue off the table for customers. We have simply made the patent issue a non-event as part of a customer buying decision."
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That the agreement between Novell and Microsoft specifically excludes the possibility of such patent infringement claims is cleverly overlooked again and again.

The agreement is between Microsoft and Novell's customers. It might help if you educated yourself about what is in this deal.

There are only a couple of parts of mono which *might* be subject to some kind of claim-and explicitly these parts of mono are not being used in the mono applications targeting the GNOME desktop.

Given that I've made a comment above about how this is not the case and Microsoft has stuff within the ECMA and the CLR covered, can you provide some evidence to back this up?

That the majority of in-house software being written must leverage both linux and windows is being ignored.

Then you use something that can run on both Windows and Linux. Mono isn't required for that, nor is a clone of .Net. It's also highly questionable whether Mono will ever be able to get implementations of some of the parts behind .Net, such as Indigo.

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