The sale of Novell

drago01 drago01 at
Tue Nov 23 13:51:10 UTC 2010

On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM, Paul F. Johnson
<paul at> wrote:
> Hi,
> As you may be aware, Novell recently sold itself/merged/whatever to
> another company with the transfer of 882 patents to MS. No idea what
> this will mean with the SCO legal case, but hey.
> My question regards Mono now. With the sale of Novell and MS gaining a
> pile of patents, will this affect the inclusion of Mono and the mono
> sub-packages into Fedora? I know the licence is OSS happy (else it
> wouldn't be allowed in), but will the sale change this (change of
> ownership, revokation of the licence etc)?

AFAIK the reason mono & friends are allowed at all are that they are
protected by the OIN, which didn't change.

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