[Mono-list] The viral license problem (was System.CodeDom.Compiler licensing issues)

BioChem333 biochem333@nyc.rr.com
24 May 2002 01:48:35 -0400

I think the FSF lawyers addressed similar licensing issues for the
classpath and dotGNU Portable.NET projects. You can read more about it
at: http://www.southern-storm.com.au/pnet_faq.html#q5 ... hope that

On Thu, 2002-05-23 at 23:52, Daniel Carrera wrote:
> I just though of an interesting question.  Suppose I make a simple script
> that just calls mono.  The line in Perl would be something like:
> system("mono $filename");
> In this case the program is not linking to mono or using any mono code.
> However, it is using mono in a very real way.
> Such a script could be under any license, right?

Yes. AFAIK, this isn't considered "linking", because you're filtering
the call through the operating system. For example, if this wasn't the
case, you wouldn't be able to run anything that's GPL'd on a BSD, and
vice versa.