[Mono-list] Shared source CLI beta released

Miguel de Icaza miguel@ximian.com
27 Mar 2002 16:19:38 -0500

Hello Richard,

   I do agree with everything you had to say.  But the issue is that
lets say that we have to solve problem "A", now maybe the Microsoft
implementation uses technique "B" to solve the problem.  And they patent
this technique "C".

   Another developer might face problem "A" and solve the problem by
mechanism "D" which is not covered by the patent "C".  So my
recommendation is to stay away from the code, because in this scenario
we get to implement things without having looked at "B" which might take
us down the path of infringing "C".

   Our blind implementation might lead to infringe on "C", but I rather
not blatantly start assimilating code that could have been done in
another way.