[Mono-list] VSIP Visual Studio Integration for Mono

Ben Maurer bmaurer@users.sourceforge.net
Tue, 05 Aug 2003 12:37:17 -0400

On Tue, 2003-08-05 at 06:12, Ben Cooley wrote:
> If you haven't heard, Microsoft has revised it's licencing for the
> Visual Studio Integration SDK so that it is now free, and largely
> unrestricted license wise.
 Actually, the license is really bad. IE unusable for most of us:
>From http://www.vsipdev.com/downloads/vsipsdk2003.aspx.

(all of the license is marked by lines beginning with >, my comments
have no prefix)

> =E2=80=9CEligible Product(s)=E2=80=9D means Your software development too=
ls and
> products which work in conjunction with Visual Studio .NET Technology
> and which [...] (iv) have as a primary purpose creation of
> applications that operate on Microsoft Platforms.
The lawyers might call you on 4.

> =E2=80=9CIntegration Code=E2=80=9D means the software code that You devel=
op through
> use of the VSIP-SDK to integrate Your Eligible Products into Visual
> Studio .NET Technology. [...]
> You shall not expose or enable others to expose the functionality
> contained in the Integration Code in a manner that allows it to be
> accessed or used by any third party product. By way of example but not
> limitation, You may not disclose the Integration Code to third parties
> in source code form;
So much for open source....

> You may only distribute the Integration Code with Your Eligible
> Products; You may not distribute the Integration Code on a standalone
> basis;
It sounds like we must sell the product.

So, it looks like the license will block any progress in this area ;(.

-- Ben