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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It might be called a promise, but it's legally binding. Do you understand legally binding? It's a perpetual, legally binding one-way patent license that does not require signing or royalties.

You do realize that Microsoft is famous for breaking even legally binding contracts, don't you?

There is, after all, a good history of that going all the way back to its founding. Of exceptional fame is Microsoft's move to break its PC-DOS/MS-DOS contract with IBM when sales were greater than expected so that it could continue to extract royalties beyond the contract's provisional period.

Yeah - never trust Microsoft to keep its word - even if legally binding. It's a reputation they earned.

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