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Re: Firefox and Moonlight (Mono) "Free Software" Status?



Keith G. Robertson-Turner wrote:

1. The decision to allow Mono to enter the tree seems to have been made
   arbitrarily by Red Hat, with no community consultation, and in spite
   of protests (including some by high profile Red Hat personnel -
   mostly expressed as a rejection of Mono before the announcement).

The complete risk is for Red Hat as the legal entity behind Fedora and the legal team has evaluated and taken the decisions they have.

My final conclusion is that Fedora includes encumbered, non-Free
software, that is covered by patents owned by Microsoft, and assured by
a patent covenant that is not worth the (metaphorical) paper it's
written on, since Moonlight, which is also covered by this same type of
covenant by the same company, has recently been exposed by Groklaw as
undistributable

* Patent encumbered code is not the same as non-free code
* There is no specific patents owned by Microsoft that you have listed
* It is definitely not the same type of covenant.

Rahul


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