[Mono-devel-list] Mono @ Librenix
Miguel de Icaza
miguel at ximian.com
Wed Oct 15 19:26:33 EDT 2003
> And what if... they never enforce their patents?
> Try to envision what would happen to Microsoft when they enforced their
> patents, and it will become clear why they won't do it...
> Furthermore, I think .NET is the only good chance for Linux to become
Well, this is answered in the FAQ, and is not only limited to Microsoft
patents, but with any patents in general for any kind of software.
* For any patent claim that is just a rehashing of a technology that
predated it, we have no issue.
* If the patent covers a technique, we reimplement using a different
technique. For example, Microsoft recently had to redo the way
plugins are done because of a (bogus?) patent claim from Eolas.
Notice: it was not the end of the world.
* If it is impossible to do this, we sit at the table and negotiate
with the patent holder in behalf of users and customers.
* If there is no agreement, we drop the support for the feature, and
if it is important enough, we build an alternative, and a migration
Now guys, there is no need to freak-out, this is only software we are
talking about, relatively simple pieces of technology. If you want to
freak out about something, at least make it worth the time: look into
poverty, social problems, economic policies, epidemics, aids, become an
activist, push for a better environment.
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