[Mono-list] any comments out there about this article

Wesley Felter wesley@felter.org
Wed, 11 Jul 2001 15:53:54 -0500 (CDT)

On Wed, 11 Jul 2001, Sebastien Lambla wrote:

> About the license problem,
> it seems quite obvious that GPL propagation is not feasible for mono, as it
> would contaminate software being run on top of it.

Kaffe is GPLed, and AFAIK it hasn't contaminated anything yet.

> On the patent side, one VERY easy solution would be to create a non profit
> organization handling the development of the mono project, where Ximian
> becomes one of the contributors, in France or another country where software
> patents are not recognized nor legal. And badaboom, you've got an open
> source library available for anyone, and not covered by any patent.

This is not a solution at all. AFAIK, if there is a US pantent on
something, then to distribute anything covered by the patent in the US you
need a license. Unless the *entire* Mono project, including all mirrors,
moves offshore, you would need a license to the patents.

Wesley Felter - wesley@felter.org - http://felter.org/wesley/