Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Dec 2010 19:27 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project For the most time, I've been firmly in the largest camp when it comes to the Mono debate - the 'I don't care'-camp. With patent lawsuits being hotter than Lady Gaga right now, that changed. For good reason, so it seems; while firmly in the 'ZOMG-MICROSOFT-IS-T3H-EVILL!1!!ONE!'-camp, The-Source.com investigated the five most popular Mono applications, and the conclusion is clear: all of them implement a lot of namespaces which are not covered by Microsoft's community promise thing.
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RE[4]: Mono is safe to use.
by ducker on Tue 14th Dec 2010 15:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Mono is safe to use."
ducker
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2006-12-26


Yeah... When you get OpenJDK's sources you are granted the source under GPL. From GPL Preamble I quote:
"Finally, any free program is threatened constantly by software patents. We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free program will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the program proprietary. To prevent this, we have made it clear that any patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all"


Thats fine and dandy.. but that wont stop microsoft suing for this patent http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1528745/microsoft-xml-pate... ..

Since microsoft can and will sue any java developer (even if apparently oracle wont *cough*) at any chance.. all word processors that save in xml file format on all operating systems are about to be paying royalties to microsoft. According to some people who post here anyway.

The skys falling i tell you!

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RE[5]: Mono is safe to use.
by JAlexoid on Tue 14th Dec 2010 15:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Mono is safe to use."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

It's a patent for word processing software that stores data in XML. Sorry, they will have hard time suing just "any java developer". The patent is quite stupid, but is narrow enough not to care for most people.

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