"reasonable and non-discrimatory" terms are a problem
Posted Mar 12, 2004 20:56 UTC (Fri) by JoeBuck
In reply to: Will Mono Become the Preferred Platform for Linux Development? (O'ReillyNet)
Parent article: Will Mono Become the Preferred Platform for Linux Development? (O'ReillyNet)
Perhaps you missed the recent W3C battles, in which the position of the free software and open source communities was that RAND licensing is not adequate. If Microsoft has promised "reasonable and non-discriminatory" licensing, this still permits it to collect patent fees, as long as the fees are "reasonable"; it just prevents Microsoft from using patents to take competing products off the market. Unless Miguel can point to a firm commitment from Microsoft to allow open source competition, he's playing with fire. He needs to extract a promise of royalty-free terms, with no other restrictions that would bar GPL implementations, before Mono should be allowed into the heart of Linux and GNU software.
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