Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 17th May 2011 12:05 UTC
Mono Project Two weeks ago we covered the news that the Mono development team were let go kicked out by the new owners of Novel, Attachmate, apparently to move operations to Germany. Miguel de Icazza, founder of Mono, has taken this opportunity to break off on his own and has started a new company, Xamarin, to bring commercial .NET development products to iOS and Android.
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Patent issues?
by madcrow on Tue 17th May 2011 15:05 UTC
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2006-03-13

Given that it was only Novell that got the patent license promises and the like from MS, I wonder how safe the new project will be. C# is (IMHO) one of the better programming languages out there today (certainly it's miles ahead of C++ and Objective-C and even a bit more sane than Java) and it would be a shame if it was lost to Linux and Mac users because of patent issues.

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RE: Patent issues?
by Valhalla on Tue 17th May 2011 15:31 in reply to "Patent issues?"
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2006-01-24

Given that it was only Novell that got the patent license promises and the like from MS, I wonder how safe the new project will be.

But are they implementing anything in their MonoTouch/MonoAndroid offerings which lie outside Microsoft's 'community promise licence'? If not then I don't see what they have to fear legally. Anyway I think it makes perfect sense for Miguel to pursue this as a Mono-specific company rather than as a division of a larger company.

Hopefully they will manage to make enough money from their proprietary Mono offerings to stay afloat and thus be able to continue developing Mono as a cross platform C# solution. While I personally have absolutely no interest in C#/NET, I am impressed with the passion Miguel and his team have been implementing this development platform and I hope that they will have the opportunity to continue doing so.

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RE: Patent issues?
by Morin on Tue 17th May 2011 18:39 in reply to "Patent issues?"
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2005-12-31

AFAIK the patents mainly covered Windows.Forms, a GUI framework, so they wouldn't affect a mobile platform that uses a totally different GUI concept. Of course the details depend on how broad said patents are, which I do not know. But AFAIK they do not affect the language or the core .NET runtime.

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