Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 18:25 UTC
Debian and its clones Well, this is interesting. We already have a Mono item ruffling some feathers on OSNews today, but here we have the apparent news that Tomboy has become a default part of GNOME on Squeeze, the next release of Debian. Wait, what now? Update: I've updated the article with Fedora's position in all this. Read on! Update II: Josselin Mouette replies.
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Mono Flaming
by MatzeB on Fri 12th Jun 2009 21:05 UTC
MatzeB
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2005-07-06

Mono is a nice development environment which I used successfully for some projects.

Being afraid of patents isn't an argument in my opinion. There are patents everywhere, and in the case of mono the biggest part is even kinda protected because it is a part of the ecma standard. (And as a developer I have to say, that the non ecma part like System.Windows.Forms aren't attractive on linux anyway so you don't use them).

Edited 2009-06-12 21:06 UTC

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RE: Mono Flaming
by Buffalo Soldier on Sat 13th Jun 2009 09:05 in reply to "Mono Flaming"
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2005-07-06

Dear MatzeB,

Better double check on that ECMA standard claims.

Refering to http://www.itwire.com/content/view/25215/1090/1/0/

In a recent iTWire article titled "The elusive, royalty-free patent licence for Mono", Sam Varghese contacts Ecmea for the patent terms surrounding Mono. Remember that the mono camp always throws the argument at people that mono follows an Ecma standard and as such is free to implement?

Sam asked ECMA this simple question: "I also understand that the terms of use of these patents are royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory. I would be grateful if you could send me the details of the terms of the licence."

And gets a response: "ECMA does _NOT_ have anything to do with possible licensing of .NET. But Microsoft is one of our members, so I have asked them whom to contact there - if anything is needed, what I just do not know."

So, Sam moves on to contact Microsoft to ask them the same thing and throws in a question about moonlight's licensing too. His question was sent on April 28 and as the article states, he has not received any reply.

He reaches a very simple conclusion:
"To me, it looks this licence is as real as the unicorn. Or maybe Santa Claus. I think Mono fans need to think of a fresh defence when people talk about the dangers of patent suits arising over this technology. The licence talk has worn more than a little thin."

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