Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Jul 2009 08:51 UTC, submitted by PLan
Mono Project We've already seen some heavy discussion on Mono and C# here on OSNews the past few weeks, as it became clear the patent situation regarding the ECMA parts of Mono was anything but faith inspiring. This issue seems to be resolved now: Microsoft has made a legally binding promise not to sue anyone who uses or distributes implementations of said ECMA standards. Following this news, Mono will be split in two; the ECMA standard parts, and the rest.
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RE: Bad news, actually
by lemur2 on Tue 7th Jul 2009 11:17 UTC in reply to "Bad news, actually"
lemur2
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The fact they're saying "we won't sue you for implementing the base language" seems to imply (at least to me) "We reserve the right to sue if you implement anything of ours on top of that base language.


Precisely. Very succinctly stated.

While this is essentially a green light for the GNOME people to stuff their desktop with all the bloated Gtk# stuff they want,


Yes.

it leaves those of us who really just want a way to write cross-platform apps (and run Windows .NET apps) in a worse position than we were before.


Perhaps not. It now seems possible to legally write cross-platform apps in C#/Gtk#. You can even write them using Mono on Linux as your development platform, then carry them straight across to Windows.

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