Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th May 2011 20:41 UTC, submitted by lemur2
SuSE, openSUSE The first major effect of Attachmate buying Novell (and thus, SUSE) has come into, uh, effect. Novell, of course, is the birth place of Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework. Reports indicate Mono developers have been fired as part of the streamlining process, but according to Attachmate's CEO, they weren't fired because of Mono.
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No need to worry about patents
by twitterfire on Thu 5th May 2011 13:31 UTC
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2008-09-11

Mono, of course, has always been a controversial project. It implements several technologies patented by Microsoft, and as such, has been shunned by many Linux distributions. I personally used to have 'don't worry, be happy' approach to Mono, but since the recent patent litigation explosion, I've become a lot more cynical regarding the project. It would be understandable if Attachmate wanted to kill their involvement with Mono out of fear of possible patent litigation, but it would seem that isn't the case at this point.


You don't need to worry about MS patents and Mono. Novell signed an agreement with Microsoft a few years ago which grants them the right to use MS patents.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Mono, of course, has always been a controversial project. It implements several technologies patented by Microsoft, and as such, has been shunned by many Linux distributions. I personally used to have 'don't worry, be happy' approach to Mono, but since the recent patent litigation explosion, I've become a lot more cynical regarding the project. It would be understandable if Attachmate wanted to kill their involvement with Mono out of fear of possible patent litigation, but it would seem that isn't the case at this point.
You don't need to worry about MS patents and Mono. Novell signed an agreement with Microsoft a few years ago which grants them the right to use MS patents. "

... which is of possible use to people who are running SLED. No-one else, however, is covered by that agreement.

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tanishaj Member since:
2010-12-22

You do not need to worry about MS patents on C# or the CLR but not because of that agreement. Novell has specifically stated in the past that the patent deal had nothing to do with Mono.

However, the Microsoft Community Promise (MCP), the fact that the .NET micro edition is open source, the fact that several Microsoft technologies have been released under the Apache 2.0 license, and other reasons do mean that you do not need to worry about C# or CLR patents.

ADO.NET and some parts of ASP.NET could keep you up at night if you are truly paranoid. But if that is the case, I do not know how you could use anything else without cold sweats either.

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