[Mono-list] Mono and Patents....
Mon, 15 Mar 2004 09:46:25 -0500
Many thanks for this answer. I suspected this to be the case, but wants
confirmation from someone more familiar with it.
Jonathan Pryor wrote:
>On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 14:19, Andy Lewis wrote:
>>First, regarding Mono licensing. It appears to be a mix of GPL, LGPL,
>>and X11 licenses. Does this combination allow me to develop commercial
>>applications using mono and distribute them using the "free" licenses,
>>provided that I am not distributed modified Mono libraries or
>>components, and only my own code is closed source? Or does that require
>>a different (non-free) license?
>Yes, depending on what your app does.
>The runtime assemblies (*.dll; all assemblies a managed program is
>likely to reference) are under the MIT/X11 license. As such, you can
>freely use them, copy them, integrate them into your own proprietary
>apps, print the source, start a fire, whatever. 
>The runtime libraries (*.so, such as libmono.so, libmint.so) are
>licensed under the LGPL. As such, you can link against them, permitting
>better integration between managed and unmanaged code (such as an
>existing unmanaged application, like Evolution).
>The applications (*.exe, such as mcs.exe, mono, mint, etc.) are GPL.
>You wouldn't link against them anyway, but you can't create a
>proprietary C# compiler based on MCS, for example.
>Hopefully that clears matters up for you.
> - Jon
> I'm not liable for any fires started in this fashion. :-)
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