[Mono-list] About Mono License

Miguel de Icaza miguel@ximian.com
Tue, 26 Oct 2004 01:41:30 -0400


> "The Mono runtime and the Mono C# Compiler are also available under a 
> proprietary license for those who can not use the LGPL and the GPL in 
> their code."
> I have some questions about this:
> Mono been made by many voluntary developers in addition to those of 
> Novell. Are those voluntary developers agree with a proprietary license?

Yes, they have to sign a form that allows Novell to redistribute the
code under different licenses.

> What if some contributor  wants to help in the Mono project, but does 
> not want to see his code under a proprietary license?

He can develop that code, and with the powers of the GPL keep its own
copy of the Mono runtime with the patch.

Novell is unable to integrate those changes into the main Mono
distribution though.  If you want your code contributions to be part of
the standard distribution (for the C# compiler and the VM), you need to
grant Novell that right.