[Mono-list] Legal status of Mono

Sam Kennedy sam_rk@bellsouth.net
Mon, 29 Jul 2002 04:22:17 +0000 (UTC)

Mono doesn't use Microsoft technologies specifically. Instead, it's an
implementation of the standards submitted to the EMCA. I've never seen
anything on any spec having to do with .NET that says, "You are prohibited
from implementing these standards."

Sam Kennedy

On Sun, 28 Jul 2002, Rusty wrote:

> Hi,
> I came accros a news about Mono project making progress, I started to
> read more and I found this statememt by Bruce Perens, HP's Linux
> strategist, regarding Mono and Samba:
> "If we don't get that agreement [with MS], I'll be happy to see Ximian
> implement this stuff, but I'm not sure I'll touch it. I'm also not sure
> I want to let it touch the rest of GNOME very much because if GNOME
> becomes dependent on it, it would have a potential weakness there."
> "This means you cannot make a compatible implementation without
> potentially infringing on a Microsoft patent. We went ahead and did it
> anyway, and Microsoft hasn't enforced that patent, but it doesn't mean
> they never will. This is a telling case as they've taken what was an
> open protocol and deliberately put in a patent to close it and then
> introduced the patented feature in all new systems."
> With reference to the above,
> 1) Is there any agreement with MS about Mono?
> 2) If not, how does Mono project plan to address the above concerns?
> Thanks in advance
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