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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Mono and MS patents
by on Wed 21st Sep 2005 09:21 UTC

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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...

The difference is that Mono knowingly infringes MS patants, while it is not clear if the projects you mentioned do infringe MS patents.

As long as the Mono developers or Novell cannot or do not want to clarify this situation, Mono should be avoided.

I personally do welcome people to mention the fact that Mono knowingly infringes MS patents because it seems this is the only way to force the Mono developers or Novell to clarify this situation.

Pretending there are no problems does not solve this situation and if people start to accept Mono and MS sues the Mono developers/Novell because of patent infringment, the whole OSS community is affected.

I don't want to be part of a community where people knowingly infringe other people's patents and just don't care about it.

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RE: Mono and MS patents
by on Wed 21st Sep 2005 10:05 in reply to "Mono and MS patents"
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The difference is that Mono knowingly infringes MS patants, while it is not clear if the projects you mentioned do infringe MS patents.
It is not a too big difference. IMHO the M$ never will sue the mono project directly (and specially not the ECMA standard part of mono), because it is not too good advertisement for the company. Probably the M$ can kill any linux projects, but IMHO M$ doesn't want SCO-like repute. The small marionett-companies, like SCO IMHO far more dangerous for linux, but this companies can't sue the mono (or not more then any other project).

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RE[2]: Mono and MS patents
by on Wed 21st Sep 2005 12:57 in reply to "RE: Mono and MS patents"
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>IMHO the M$ never will sue the mono project directly
>(and specially not the ECMA standard part of mono)

So are you offering legal indemnification?

If MS were at some point to be granted injunctive relief shutting down my Mono-based OSS project (or seeking roylaties), how exactly would your "honest opinion" be of use to me?

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