Getting mono into FC extras

Tom 'spot' Callaway tcallawa at
Sun Mar 20 21:46:42 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-03-20 at 19:22 +0100, Nils Philippsen wrote:
> On Sat, 2005-03-19 at 08:30 -0600, Tom 'spot' Callaway wrote:
> > On Sat, 2005-03-19 at 14:05 +0000, Paul wrote:
> > >AIUI, MS have said that people can use the .NET framework without any
> > >sort of restriction - which includes on non MS platforms.
> > 
> > Just to reiterate this point:
> > 
> > If someone gets this from Microsoft (the patent holder) in writing, in
> > the form of a legally binding unrestricted patent grant permitting free
> > (as in beer) redistribution and use, we can revisit Mono for inclusion.
> I don't think that permission for free "as in beer" redistribution only
> satisfies the GPL, I guess "unrestricted patent grant permitting any
> redistribution and use" would hit it better.

Well, for example, Thomson may be willing to permit unlimited
redistribution of mp3 decoders if a fee is paid. This would still not be
permitted under the GPL. (IANAL).


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