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Mono: Microsoft community promise inadequate, says RMS

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Microsoft's bid to dispel the patent fears surrounding the open source .NET clone, Mono, has met with little enthusiasm from free software advocates.

On Tuesday AEST, the company said, through an employee Peter Galli, that it would allow developers to use C# and the common language infrastructure, both of which are part of its .NET development environment, under the terms of its community promise.

Today, the head of the Free Software Foundation, Richard M. Stallman, told iTWire: "The preliminary report is that Microsoft's 'Community Promise' is quite inadequate.

"Also, there are C# standard libraries which are outside the ECMA standard and thus not covered by this statement at all."

The community promise extends to two sets of specifications, 334 and 335, submitted to ECMA, a standards body.

Stallman added: "The FSF will make a statement."

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