Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:27 UTC
Java "Although the .NET vs. Java war is basically over for control of the Windows desktop, where .NET is sure to become the managed language of choice for new Windows desktop applications, there is a new battle brewing. That battle is for the Linux desktop. Now that Java has been open sourced under the GPL, even the most strict of the 'free software only' distributions can start bundling it and integrating it into their Linux distributions out of the box."
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RE[2]: Ehhh?
by pantheraleo on Thu 8th Mar 2007 01:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Ehhh?"
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> C# is a nice language, get over it.

I'm not saying it's not a nice language. It is. But that doesn't change the fact that mono has serious problems which it is unlikely to ever overcome.

> And mono is open source, just like java (not GPL,
> but open source)

Yeah, it is open source. But like I said, because the class libraries use the MIT license, there is a software patent trap, since any company that makes improvements to the class libraries, or modifications, can patent their changes. With Java, and the GPL, you can't do that--especially not with version 3 of the GPL which Java will adopt once it becomes finalized. So in the end, for open source, Java is a safer choice. Again, there are no software patent traps with Java like there are with mono.

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