[Mono-dev] Mono on Android: state of the union?

Stifu stifu at free.fr
Thu Apr 8 15:07:17 EDT 2010

Is it a given that MonoDroid won't be free?
I know MonoTouch isn't, but Mono for MeeGo is free, for example...

JeroMiya wrote:
> Koush responded to my tweet saying that he stopped working on it when
> Novell
> announced their own plans for Droid bindings. I don't think he ever
> committed the binding generator code to his git repository. It's a pity,
> because as a hobbyist mobile developer I certainly couldn't afford the
> licensing fee for a commercial monodroid license, but given even basic
> bindings without the kind of Visual Studio/MonoDevelop tooling support one
> would expect in the official MonoDroid, I could certainly make due. It
> would
> be easy to allow the user to replace the runtime on their phone - just
> distribute the code for the bindings and the eclipse project to build the
> android package that installs it. I believe that would satisfy the
> requirements of the LGPL. Or am I missing something?
> On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM, Joe Dluzen <jdluzen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I would think that you could develop your own bindings, as there are
>> at least 3 other implementations that I know of. However, like most of
>> us, IANAL. The MonoDroid and the efforts by Koushik Dutta[1] may be
>> one and the same, but I don't know right now. On Novell's side, there
>> is quite literally no information other than "we're working on it and
>> here's the name." I'm eagerly watching Koush's RSS for anything
>> Android + Mono related. It appears that the last part of the puzzle
>> which is still missing, is a tool to generate the C# bindings from the
>> Java API.
>> As for the LGPL, the mono runtime binaries installed on the phone
>> should easily be user replaceable. And if it's an open source app,
>> then there's no problem at all.
>> If anyone has any more info, please reply. I'd imagine that many
>> people are waiting for any information at all.
>> Joe
>> [1] http://www.koushikdutta.com/2010/01/androiddll.html
>> > Message: 2
>> > Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 05:20:16 -0800 (PST)
>> > From: JeroMiya <bell.jeremy at gmail.com>
>> > Subject: Re: [Mono-dev] Mono on Android: state of the union?
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>> > Would I be allowed to develop my own java bindings (obviously they
>> wouldn't
>> > be as high-quality as Novell's commercial product) for mono on android
>> and
>> > deploy mono-based applications without licensing Novell's commercial
>> > product? Would I subsequently be able to release said bindings under an
>> > appropriate open source license?
>> >
>> > It seems natural to assume so, but you need to be a lawyer to
>> understand
>> > software licensing these days.
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