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2 Mono is made up of many pieces of code, all of them open source, but
3 different pieces of Mono use different licensing terms.
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5 For comments, corrections and updates, please contact mono@novell.com
6
7 * Dual Licensing
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9 Parts of Mono are dual licensed, they are available to the
10 public in GPL or LGPL forms, but we also offer those pieces
11 under commercial terms from Novell for when the GPL and the
12 LGPL are not suitable.
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14 We have tried to pick the licenses that will maximize adoption
15 of Mono, so we tend to use the MIT X11 or LGPL liceses.
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17 Contributions to dual-licensed module require that the author
18 contributes the code under the terms of the MIT X11 code, or
19 to sign an agreement that allows Novell to redistribute the
20 code under other licenses.
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22 Contributions for other modules should be under the same license
23 terms as the rest of the module, or under MIT X11 terms.
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25 If you ned further information, please contact mono@novell.com
26
27 * The Modules
28
29 ** mono/mono: the Mono VM
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31 This code is dual licensed under the LGPL or commercial licenses.
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33 The LGPL ensures that Mono can be used in most scenarios, but
34 gives Novell the flexibility to relicense the code for
35 embedded systems, static linking or commercial settings where
36 the LGPL can not be used.
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38 We consider non-LGPL use instances where you use this on an
39 embedded system where the end user is not able to upgrade the
40 Moonlight installation or distribution that is part of your
41 product (Section 6 and 7), you would have to obtain a
42 commercial license from Novell (consider software burned into
43 a ROM, systems where end users would not be able to upgrade,
44 an embedded console, a game console that imposes limitations
45 on the distribution and access to the code, a phone platform
46 that prevents end users from upgrading Moonlight).
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48 Contact mono@novell.com for details on obtaining the Mono
49 runtime under other terms.
50
51 ** mono/eglib: Mono's X11 glib implementation
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53 This is a minimal subset of glib that is to be licensed under
54 the terms of the MIT X11, this means that this code can be
55 used for any purposes by anyone.
56
57 ** mcs/mcs, mcs/gmcs
58
59 The C# Compilers (1.0 and 2.0)
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61 These compilers are dual licensed under the GPL and commercial
62 terms.
63
64 ** tests
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66 Unless explicitly stated, the tests are under the MIT X11 license.
67
68 ** mcs/class
69
70 The class libraries developed by the Mono team are licensed
71 under the MIT X11 terms.
72
73 In addition to the class libraries developed by the Mono team,
74 there are a number of class libraries that we bundle as part
75 of the distribution that were integrated from third-parties or
76 that contain code that was originally licensed under different
77 terms, these are:
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79 ByteFX.Data: LGPL
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81 Npgsql: LGPL
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83 FirebirdSql.Data.Firebird: Firebird public license.
84 See: mcs/class/FirebirdSql.Data.Firebird/license.txt
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86 ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib, GPL with exceptions.
87 See: mcs/class/ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib/README
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89
90 ** mcs/tools
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92 These are licensed under the MIT X11 license, except where the
93 GPL is explicitly used.
94
95 ** mcs/jay
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97 This is a port of Berkeley yacc, so it is available under the BSD
98 license. See the license in the individual C files for details.
99
100 ** mono/man
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102 Manual pages and Mono documentation are covered by the MIT X11 license.
103
104 * The Licenses
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106 These are the licenses used in Mono, the files are located:
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108 GNU GPL: details avaliable in the file mcs/LICENSE.GPL
109 GNU LGPL: details available in the file mcs/LICENSE.LGPL
110 MIT X11: text available in the file mcs/MIT.X11
111 MPL: text available in the file mcs/LICENSE.MPL
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