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[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by lemur2 on Tue 7th Jul 2009 14:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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"We're back to square one until Microsoft makes a promise for the whole .NET stack and not just the ECMA specifications.

It's not a problem for Linux software. Linux applications don't use WinForms or any other non-standardized code from Microsoft.


Also, if as a developer you are looking to be able to write cross-platform C# applications, then the obvious thing to do now is write the apps on Linux with Mono/Gtk#/C#/CLI in the first place, and then deploy them on all platforms. Even better if there is a Qt# library instead of Gtk#.

Make sure however that you don't install the "bad half" of Mono. You are then covered by Microsoft's promise, and your application's users won't have to pay any license fee to Microsoft.

Edited 2009-07-07 14:06 UTC

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