[Mono-list] Uncertainty and Doubt about MONO
R. Tyler Ballance
tyler at bleepsoft.com
Sat Nov 4 21:26:51 EST 2006
On Nov 4, 2006, at 7:56 PM, Jonathan Pryor wrote:
> *Where* did Novell admit anything similar to this? To paraphrase the
> SCO case, provide file & line numbers for confirmation. :-)
> Microsoft & Novell only appear to have signed a statement saying that
> neither company will sue the other companies customers over *any*
> patents. This would likely apply to Novell Netware and eDirectory as
> much as it applies to openSUSE.
Forgive me for being naive, but regardless of the IP status of Mono,
or any of the Novell products, how on earth does the legality of
their product come under the realm of my responsibility, to where I
can be held liable for using their products, notably, Mono?
Say I'm implementing a completely cross-platform solution that uses
the .NET runtime on the Windows platform, and the Mono runtime
everywhere else, if there is any liable intellectual property in the
Mono runtime, how on earth am I (as a customer of Novell, and someone
who merely uses the Mono runtime) in any legal danger?
To use to a physical metaphor, say I buy these special receding
screws from MiguelCo Construction Supplies, and I build numerous
houses/buildings with said receding screws (since MiguelCo's receding
screws are cheaper, and work with more types of material), if further
down the line its discovered that MiguelCo's receding screws are
really a take-off on GatesCorp's design (which are far more
expensive, and only work in redwood indigenous to the pacific
northwest), legally, how can I even be included in any sort of
All I did was build something that uses legitimate (to the best of my
knowledge) tools and materials? Predict doom as much as you want
about a Novell/Microsoft partnership, but how does their IP somehow
damn my products that base off of theirs?
That said, maybe Microsoft will be a bit more forthcoming with some
of the features/specifications that are needed to have proper .NET
2.0 class library compatibility....or they'll just sue us all ;)
R. Tyler Ballance: Lead Mac Developer at bleep. software
contact: tyler at bleepsoft.com | jabber: tyler at jabber.geekisp.com
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