Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2005 19:40 UTC, submitted by _LH_
Mono Project The Mono guys got their software to run on Nokia's upcoming 770 Linux internet appliance. More here and a screenshot here.
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So are you saying that:

a) The licensing issues have been resolved

b) The licensing issues have not been resolved

c) You don't care if at some point in the future, a large number of unsuspecting open source projects get hit with a takedown notice at the whim of Microsoft.

Sorry, but whenever these puff pieces comes up promoting Mono, these issues need to be raised.

Maybe with enough external motivation, somebody at Novell will get off their tails call up Microsoft and work out a global royalty free patent grant which is compatible with OSS licenses.

Thats all it would take to settle this. I think the fact that this hasn't happened speaks volumes about the long term viability of Mono.

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a) The licensing issues have been resolved
b) The licensing issues have not been resolved
c) You don't care if at some point in the future, a large number of unsuspecting open source projects get hit with a takedown notice at the whim of Microsoft.


IMHO it is also true for most linux projects. Who know, the PHP, Python, Apahce, Samba, gcc, glibc, gtk, kde, mozilla, openoffice, wine, lazarus, gambas, kdevelop, etc doesn't hurt any M$ patents ? Propbably the most of linux projects can be sued by software patents...

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fooo Member since:
2005-09-21

I'm really so sick of hearing this argument. There is a gigantic difference between the fact that you might accidentally be infringing and knowingly infringing.

Of course you can always get hit by a car when crossing the street and of course that doesn't mean you should never leave your house but that does not mean you should cross at a blind corner with your eyes closed! Use the crosswalk or be very smart and careful!

Does this analogy make sense to you?! My god the "you might always be infringing" argument is so idiotic! I believe it only exists so short sighted mono fanboys can just go on without worring about how dumb they are being.

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For the love of all that's holy. Name one piece of open source software that you can guarantee doesn't break a patent of Microsoft...

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Well, I certainly can name one piece of open source software that seems to be almost guaranteed break a patent of Microsoft.

The problem is that this one piece of software is being pushed by some very influential people as the preferred way of developing Linux desktop application thus jeopardizing all of those desktop applications.

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