Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Sat 23rd May 2009 04:22 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Eeebuntu 3.0, the Ubuntu distribution especially custom-built for the EeePC, just last week saw its third release of the Base edition-- the edition that includes a minimal amount of apps and features for more advanced users to customize. Though nothing's really been said on the matter, I suppose we can expect the Standard and NBR editions to be updated soon as well.
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RE[3]: Braindead distro
by Vargol on Tue 26th May 2009 17:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Braindead distro"
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I don't know, Do you know if Novell have licensed the patents required to create a .NET clone, they are after all available royalty free and RAND...

Edited 2009-05-26 17:36 UTC

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RE[4]: Braindead distro
by lemur2 on Wed 27th May 2009 00:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Braindead distro"
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Do you know if Novell have licensed the patents required to create a .NET clone,

Apparently, even Miguel doesn't know the answer to that.

As Shields made mention of this kind of licence in his post - to quote: "Related parties have pointed out with relative frequency that those licenses are available under a 'royalty free, reasonable & non discriminatory' license (sic), but free patent protection isn’t remotely good enough, is it?" - the very first question asked by a reader in the forums provided was how one could obtain such a licence for Mono.

Shields appears to have asked de Icaza about this on an IRC channel and posted the great man's responses which were as given below:

[miguel_] Direct, anyone can request it from ECMA
[miguel_] Well, you can request the docs from ECMA
[miguel_] The Gnome Foundation is a member, and whoever is the member can request the docs
[miguel_] It might be possible also for the public to get them but I dont know what you have to do

And Shields added: "I asked, that was the answer. Make of it what you will."

It looks like the man who created Mono himself is not sure how one obtains this "royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory" licence" to avoid violating Microsoft patents in the .NET specification. Strange, one doesn't hear this point being highlighted too often.

they are after all available royalty free and RAND...

That indeed is the oft repeated claim, yes.

So how do you get such a license? Where is it available from?

When you ask ECMA, they tell you to ask Microsoft.

When you ask Microsoft, even in writing to the person nominated as responsible, you get no reply.

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