[Mono-dev] Mono on Android: state of the union?

Jeremy Bell bell.jeremy at gmail.com
Thu Apr 8 14:34:48 EDT 2010

Koush responded to my tweet saying that he stopped working on it when Novell
announced their own plans for Droid bindings. I don't think he ever
committed the binding generator code to his git repository. It's a pity,
because as a hobbyist mobile developer I certainly couldn't afford the
licensing fee for a commercial monodroid license, but given even basic
bindings without the kind of Visual Studio/MonoDevelop tooling support one
would expect in the official MonoDroid, I could certainly make due. It would
be easy to allow the user to replace the runtime on their phone - just
distribute the code for the bindings and the eclipse project to build the
android package that installs it. I believe that would satisfy the
requirements of the LGPL. Or am I missing something?

On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM, Joe Dluzen <jdluzen at gmail.com> wrote:

> I would think that you could develop your own bindings, as there are
> at least 3 other implementations that I know of. However, like most of
> us, IANAL. The MonoDroid and the efforts by Koushik Dutta[1] may be
> one and the same, but I don't know right now. On Novell's side, there
> is quite literally no information other than "we're working on it and
> here's the name." I'm eagerly watching Koush's RSS for anything
> Android + Mono related. It appears that the last part of the puzzle
> which is still missing, is a tool to generate the C# bindings from the
> Java API.
> As for the LGPL, the mono runtime binaries installed on the phone
> should easily be user replaceable. And if it's an open source app,
> then there's no problem at all.
> If anyone has any more info, please reply. I'd imagine that many
> people are waiting for any information at all.
> Joe
> [1] http://www.koushikdutta.com/2010/01/androiddll.html
> > Message: 2
> > Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 05:20:16 -0800 (PST)
> > From: JeroMiya <bell.jeremy at gmail.com>
> > Subject: Re: [Mono-dev] Mono on Android: state of the union?
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> > Would I be allowed to develop my own java bindings (obviously they
> wouldn't
> > be as high-quality as Novell's commercial product) for mono on android
> and
> > deploy mono-based applications without licensing Novell's commercial
> > product? Would I subsequently be able to release said bindings under an
> > appropriate open source license?
> >
> > It seems natural to assume so, but you need to be a lawyer to understand
> > software licensing these days.
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