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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Great news indeed.
by AlexandreAM on Wed 8th Jul 2009 03:28 UTC
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I'm very happy to hear of that! I don't have much to say, other than that, though.

I've been saying this for a few months already, that this should be done to ensure that the legality of C# implementations on free software was firmly based.

I do still have my personal distrust for Microsoft, when it comes to free software (not that I'm implying they're "evil" or anything, but I just can't see a reason for them to help direct competitors) but I have to say they scored quite a few points in my opinion with this move.

There are a few not-perfect things here and there, and I'll feel more happy after consulting this with a lawyer, but I can finally say I have no pressing reason to recommend not using C# now.

Thanks for all who got involved in the process of making this happen. Let's just hope the free software community now puts it to good use.

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