[Mono-list] Commercial redistribution/license question

Mark Gollin mgollin at neatco.com
Wed Oct 13 13:39:07 EDT 2010


We've got a product that we're experimenting with Mono for in order to share
critical code between our Windows and Mac versions. The actual Mono use is
quite straightforward: we're simply compiling command line executables that
use regular-expression portions of the .NET 2.0 framework. We've been able
to use the OS X installation binary package directly, with no need to
recompile or modify any Mono source. The primary application does not use
Mono at all, it simply invokes these cmd-line executables to perform certain

Our problem is that our product exceeds the terms of the commercial license
available through purchase of the Mono Tools Ultimate package. 100K volume
would be okay, but we have revenues in excess of $2M annually. And my
reading of LGPLv2 makes it a non-starter: the C# code in question is
extremely valuable patent-protected intellectual property.

We've sent mail (multiple times) via the web form on the FAQ for licensing
questions, but have received no reply. Is there anyone on the list that can
put us in contact with the right people to negotiate a license? Or can
clarify any way we can use/redistribute Mono runtimes legally without
revealing our source?

--Mark A. Gollin

*VP Development*
*The Neat Company*
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