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: Comment by kaiwai
by redbeard on Tue 7th Jul 2009 14:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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Basically it is a promise to keep their promise required under the EMCA standard?

"Microsoft will be applying the Community Promise to the ECMA 334 and ECMA 335 specs."

It only applies to the ECMA specification material, yes a step in the right direction but doesn't do that much for mono implementation as mono is much more than the ECMA specs. So again, lot of current and future MS "IP" still out there to be wary of.

This basically is just an easy way to comply with the ECMA standards RAND requirements. Now MS doesn't have to deal with RAND licensing request . . .

BTW still not posted (9am CST, 7-7-09) on the Microsoft Community Promise web site, so this is a promise by a blogger ATM . . .

Edited 2009-07-07 14:12 UTC

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