[Mono-list] Mono and Patents....

Todd Berman tberman@sevenl.net
Sun, 14 Mar 2004 13:22:16 -0500

I am not a lawyer, neither am i familiar with these or any patent
issues, and I don't care at all.

However, The real question you should be asking yourself seems to be:

"Why am I asking this here, and not on the wine mailing list"

Unlike wine, mono implements something that is being standardized by the
ECMA. Wine is implementing a completely closed, proprietary api
developed by microsoft.

It seems to me, if microsoft was going to enforce patent issues on any
open source project, wine would be a far better candidate than mono.
Since wine seems to still be under heavy active development, and without
any patent issues, the big issue over mono seems kinda moot, and a lot
like FUD.


On Sun, 2004-14-03 at 19:03 +0100, gabor wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 21:25, Andy Satori wrote:
> > <rant/>
> hmmm....
> i understand that mono seems to be safe because for now it seems that
> mono helps microsoft to generate money, and also some
> microsoft-developer/mono-inventor/programmer/whatever said that RAND in
> this case means free (as in everything, be it beer or speech or
> whatever). am i correct?
> but, i would like to have/hear/see some more solid/stable/safe stuff.
> example:
> python.
> if i check the webpage, i know they are gpl-compatible, have a quite
> open development model and so on. i simply can be sure that if i use it,
> there will be no license problems.
> now:
> can you show me a webpage or link or whatever where Microsoft (as the
> company, not just one of their developers) declares, than all CLI and
> dot-net stuff(runtime,core-classes and xml to be specific) is free to
> implement for anyone?
> to summarize:
> tell me why it is IMPOSSIBLE for microsoft to hurt/stop mono
> development. i already heard why it is not probable.
> thanks,
> gabor
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