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[News] .NET on Linux -- "Yay!" or "Yay [Sarcasm /]"?

  • Subject: [News] .NET on Linux -- "Yay!" or "Yay [Sarcasm /]"?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2007 00:45:21 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Hotskills: Mono lets .net developers run applications on Linux

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| To Mono's founders, the proprietary/open-source battle was less important 
| than issues of co-existence and the most appropriate platform for the job. 
| According to Justin Steinman, Novell's director of product marketing for 
| Linux and open platform systems, and the man in charge of selling Mono to the 
| world, "Mono essentially enables you to run .net applications on Linux," 
| giving you the choice of developing for either platform knowing that it will 
| run on both.      


Be aware that Steinman's "night job" (that's what he calls it) now involved
both Microsoft /and/ Novell. This duality is similar to de Icaza's role at


Open Source Evolutionary  

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| Some people say the drawback to Mono is the saber rattling from Microsoft 
| about patent, and that it doesn't support the latest versions of .NET. What 
| is your relationship like with Microsoft these days?  
| [Miguel:] So, I have two positions, and one is speaking as the person 
| managing the Mono team, and then there is another answer speaking as a Novell 
| vice president. So from the position of the open source community -- a 
| position not attached to Novell -- we as any other software project are aware 
| that software patents are a problem. We don't like them. We think they're bad 
| for the industry, but we know that we need to abide by that system. So we 
| have a very strict policy, that we'll not knowingly introduce patented code 
| into the Mono code base. If somebody raises an issue with us about a patent, 
| or that we're infringing on their code base, we'll be more than happy to 
| either do an investigation to see if there's prior art that will invalidate a 
| patent claim, or basically re-implement the same functionality using a 
| different approach. Or, if worse comes to worse, removing the code from Mono. 
| And I think that's pretty much the same rule that every open source project 
| has to use.             


OpenSolaris, Gobuntu, and be careful who you kiss

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| I read the agreement between Xandros and Microsoft, and one of the excluded 
| products was Mono, so Microsoft promises to not sue Xandros over their 
| distribution but excluding Mono and a few other products, i.e. they reserve 
| the right to sue over Mono. I wonder if this is an interesting preview of on 
| what basis they want to fight the free world.    
| Interestingly, the Novell deal seems to be different, Mono is not excluded 
| from the Novell deal. So Microsoft seems to be promising not to sue Novell 
| over Mono, but keeps the option open for Xandros. Weird but true.  


Miguel, Mono and Microsoft

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| is Mono's role in the deal that of a hook to make customers write
| .NET applications because they can be run on Linux - only to find
| later on that they are armless or legless because of a change in
| the .NETspecifications, a change which Microsoft decides not to
| make public?
| [...]
| And here we have an individual who decides to replicate one of
| the proprietary company's development environments - for reasons
| best known to him alone - and keeps telling people that the reason
| he's doing it is so that he can pull people over from the
| proprietary company's side to his side!!!


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