Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2006-03-24 12:37
Red Hat and Novell have acquired some software patents, apparently to use as a defense against Microsoft.
... which would explain why Red Hat were suddenly so keen to pull all the C# stuff into Fedora.
But does anyone honestly believe that Red Hat would win a patent-slinging match against MS? It seems rather unlikely.
And what happens if MS decide to sue Mono's end users for patent infringement? Are Red Hat going to step in? Hardly.
What's worse is that this is an explicit acknowledgement that Mono infringes Microsoft's patents. So it's only safe to use Mono if you're paying Red Hat or Novell for a license.
That's hardly in the spirit of open source...
Posted by David at 2006-03-24 09:51
"Well, I think there are experts who claim Linux violates our intellectual property."
What isn't he sure about? That people who claim it are experts? That the experts he claim it are not just little voices in his head?