Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 19th Sep 2005 17:02 UTC, submitted by Eli M. Dow
Mono Project Build applications for Linux while maintaining cross-platform capabilities using .NET languages.
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RE: Summary of arguments
by on Mon 19th Sep 2005 20:35 UTC in reply to "Summary of arguments"

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>Have I missed anything?

Just that MS has a fairly broad patent application for .NET.

See http://news.com.com/2100-1001-984052.html -- ".Net patent could stifle standards effort"

If this patent is approved, I'd like to see how Miguel could "rewrite around" it.

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RE[2]: Summary of arguments
by Jamie on Mon 19th Sep 2005 21:34 in reply to "RE: Summary of arguments"
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2005-07-06

Most software patents are flawed and unenforcable and when challenged in court the majority dont stand up.

Broad patents are especially vulnerable to being overruled in a court as its one of the main things a judge will take into account.

Lastly, anti-monoopoly laws prohibit a monopolist from using patents to stifle legitimate competition so MS's entire patent haul is totally worthless (whilst they remain a monopolist of course).

Additional : in the EU and generally outside the US software patents are worthless and unenforcable period.

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RE[3]: Summary of arguments
by on Mon 19th Sep 2005 21:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Summary of arguments"
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So we know that MS has a broad patent application for .NET which (if granted) mono probably infringes.

But you say we should ignore the risk because the patent "probably won't be valid".

Sorry no thanks.

I have a simple solution for the Mono fans, why doesn't Novell get MS to clarify the licensing requirements for the .NET IP? This will settle the issue once and for all.

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