Author's Opinion

The views in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of iTWire.

Have your say and comment below.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 05:17

Ubuntu says yes to Mono, SFLC says no

By
The Ubuntu technical board has announced that it sees no reason to consider a dependency on Mono as an issue when suggesting applications to be included in the default set included in the GNU/Linux distribution.

The board made the announcement overnight on the Ubuntu development announce and discussion mailing lists.

It comes a few days after iTWire ran two stories, one about the possible inclusion of more Mono-dependent applications in the next release and the second about a board meeting held in March which saw "no significant cause for concern over its (Mono's) IP situation."

Mono is a project to develop an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET development environment initiated some years ago by current Novell vice-president and GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza.

Scott James Remnant, senior software engineer at Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu, said in the announcement that the board had not received any claims of infringement against the Mono stack, and was not aware of any such claims having been received by other similar projects.

"It is common practice in the software industry to register patents as protection against litigation, rather than as an intent to litigate. Thus mere existence of a patent, without a claim of infringement, is not sufficient reason to warrant exclusion from the Ubuntu Project," he wrote.

Hence, the statement concluded, "the Ubuntu Technical Board sees no reason to exclude Mono or applications based upon it from the archive, or from the default installation set."

The Software Freedom Law Centre, which provides "legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance Free, Libre and Open Source Software" has a diametrically different view.

Following the statement made by Free Software Foundation chief Richard M. Stallman against Debian's inclusion of Mono as a default, SFLC technology director, Bradley Kuhn , has written an essay, backing Stallman's view about it being better to avoid a language like C#.

Kuhn pointed out that programming languages and their associated standard libraries and implementations evolved in three basic ways:

a free software community designed and implemented a language in a grassroots fashion (Perl, PHP, and Python);

a single corporate entity controlled a language and its canonical implementation, even convincing some standards body to adopt it, but usually retaining complete control (C# and Java); and

a single corporate entity controlled the language initially, but more than 20 years had passed and the language now had many proprietary and free software implementations (C and C++)

"We have to assume that the USPTO (American patent office) has granted many patents that read on any software a person can conceivably write. The question is always: of all the things you can write, which has the most risk of patent attack from the patent holders in question?" Kuhn wrote.

He argued that if a single entity controlled a language, there was always a higher risk of patent attack by the same entity or patent trolls. In the case of community-designed languages, the risk was spread over many companies and other entities, hence the chance of an attack was much less.


Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here
BACK TO LATEST NEWS here

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinatrs and campaigns and assassistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

VENDOR NEWS