Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2008 23:28 UTC, submitted by irbis
Mono Project "Does GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza's backflip over the Novell-Microsoft deal a few days ago mean that he has finally been convinced that he is on a one-way path to nowhere? Has he realised that his own project, Mono, is actually putting GNOME on a development track that can leave it open to patent claims one day? And has he realised that creating Moonlight, a clone of Microsoft's Silverlight, (with which the company hopes to trump Adobe's Flash) is not going to advance the cause of free software one iota?"
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RE[6]: Destructive
by lsls on Wed 12th Mar 2008 11:54 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Destructive"
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If you claim that Mono is not safe to use due to patents, then please don't claim that Vala and Parrot are safe. Vala is a C# clone, and Parrot is a VM.

Patents are about ideas, not about specific implementations. You should know that. So if there is any patented idea about C# or the CLR VM, they may as well apply to Vala and Parrot.

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RE[7]: Destructive
by monodeldiablo on Wed 12th Mar 2008 19:22 in reply to "RE[6]: Destructive"
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Neither C#, nor VMs are encumbered by patents. The concern with Mono is that the usable, interesting bits are patent-encumbered (ASP.NET, WinForms, etc).

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RE[7]: Destructive
by Soulbender on Thu 13th Mar 2008 06:13 in reply to "RE[6]: Destructive"
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Patents are about ideas, not about specific implementations.

It's the exact opposite, actually.

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