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Novell Moonlight 2.0 Gets Microsoft's Blessing - page 2

Moonlight for all Linux Users

  • December 17, 2009
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

The new patent covenant extension is only for Moonlight and does not extend to the full Mono project, which is Novell's implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework. Novell updated Mono to version 2.6 this week.

As a result, the agreement covers only the subset of Mono that comes as a part of Moonlight.

"This patent covenant only applies to Moonlight and the version of Mono that ships with Moonlight," Goldfarb said.

Still, he said the agreement's structure provides a good deal of flexibility for Linux stakeholders.

"Now whether Red Hat or Ubuntu want to include Moonlight ... they can include Moonlight in the paid or unpaid versions of their distributions," he said.

Miguel De Icaza, Novell Moonlight's project leader, added that the new deal also extends beyond just the Moonlight application binaries but also enables the open source community to modify it as well.

 

"They can take the source, do any patches they need to do to make sure it integrates with their system, and redistribute the binaries," De Icaza told InternetNews.com. "Anyone can take Moonlight and run it on any platform that they want and they can even modify it without Novell involvement and without the fear that Microsoft might not like that."

While Moonlight itself is open source and now covered by the extended Microsoft patent covenant, the media codecs necessary for audio and video will continue to be treated differently. Moonlight includes the Microsoft Media Pack, which is a set of proprietary codecs that Microsoft has licensed from their own patent holders and makes available to Moonlight users, free of charge.

 

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, covering Linux and open source, application development and networking. Story courtesy of Internetnews

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