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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
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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 need further information, please contact mono@novell.com
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27 * The Modules
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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
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40 Mono VM or Moonlight installation or distribution that is part
41 of your product (Section 6 and 7), you would have to obtain a
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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.
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57 ** mono/metadata/sgen*: Mono's Copying Collector
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59 This new garbage collector is licensed under the terms of
60 the MIT X11 license, in hopes that the GC could be reused
61 by third party projects, follows the same spirit than the
62 Boehm GC.
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64 ** mcs/mcs, mcs/gmcs
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66 The C# Compilers (1.0 and 2.0)
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68 These compilers are dual licensed under the GPL and MIT X11
69 license terms.
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71 ** tests
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73 Unless explicitly stated, the tests are under the MIT X11 license.
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75 ** mcs/class
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77 The class libraries developed by the Mono team are licensed
78 under the MIT X11 terms.
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80 In addition to the class libraries developed by the Mono team,
81 there are a number of class libraries that we bundle as part
82 of the distribution that were integrated from third-parties or
83 that contain code that was originally licensed under different
84 terms, these are:
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86 ByteFX.Data: LGPL
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88 Npgsql: LGPL
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90 FirebirdSql.Data.Firebird: Firebird public license.
91 See: mcs/class/FirebirdSql.Data.Firebird/license.txt
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93 ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib, GPL with exceptions.
94 See: mcs/class/ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib/README
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96
97 ** mcs/tools
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99 These are licensed under the MIT X11 license, except where the
100 GPL is explicitly used.
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102 ** mcs/jay
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104 This is a port of Berkeley yacc, so it is available under the BSD
105 license. See the license in the individual C files for details.
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107 ** mono/man
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109 Manual pages and Mono documentation are covered by the MIT X11 license.
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111 * samples
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113 The code in the "samples" directory is released under the MIT X11 license.
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115 * The Licenses
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117 These are the licenses used in Mono, the files are located:
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119 GNU GPL: details avaliable in the file mcs/LICENSE.GPL
120 GNU LGPL: details available in the file mcs/LICENSE.LGPL
121 MIT X11: text available in the file mcs/MIT.X11
122 MPL: text available in the file mcs/LICENSE.MPL
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