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[3]: Summary of arguments
by on Mon 19th Sep 2005 21:41 UTC 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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RE[4]: Summary of arguments
by Jamie on Mon 19th Sep 2005 21:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Summary of arguments"
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2005-07-06

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.

Beacuse its in MS's interest to keep quiet on the issue as they then win.

EG on the one hand, MS get to claim .Net is multiplatform and that there is no vendor lock-in whilst on the other, they let Linux tear itself appart over the patent issues such that mono is not widely used and therefore cannot seriously threaten their monopoly. They can also mutter the word "patent" to create enough FUD to terrorise businesses into not using mono.

Why let MS win?

Mono is a very useful piece of technology and while we can be cautious about its use in Gnome, I see no reason not to take advantage of it in other areas. There are no issues with the core c# and in the EU software patents are dead so i say go do the entire .net stack and make MS squirm.

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v RE[5]: Summary of arguments
by on Mon 19th Sep 2005 22:04 in reply to "RE[4]: Summary of arguments"
RE[5]: Summary of arguments
by evangs on Tue 20th Sep 2005 07:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Summary of arguments"
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2005-07-07

Beacuse its in MS's interest to keep quiet on the issue as they then win.

And it is in Novell's interest to get MS to clarify it's position on Mono. What's the point of Mono getting corporate backing in the guise of Novell, if they aren't even going to do something as essential as this?

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