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]: Only Two Choices?
by kaiwai on Thu 8th Mar 2007 01:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Only Two Choices?"
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That and because of the fact that Mono's class libraries use the MIT license, there are potential software patent traps.

Not entirely true; the core classes along with GTK#, Cairo# and friends are ok - the problem with occur with the .NET compatibility like Winforms.

Then again, its no more troubling than Wine, which probably treads on a number of patents and yet, there isn't a single bit of protest.

Microsoft know that ultimately Mono will always be playing catch up; the VM of mono alone is immature and no where near the capabilities of Microsofts own .NET or Sun's Java VM - and given that the development is done by only one company, Novell, and a cheapskate organisation at that (unwilling to spend money when required) Microsoft know that its always going to nothing more than a novelty.

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