Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Nov 2007 22:25 UTC, submitted by Michael
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "With much anticipation by the OpenSolaris community, last night Sun had released their first developer preview for the binary desktop distribution that we have known over the past couple of months as Project Indiana. Ian Murdock and company are optimistic for this project that will address some of the existing Solaris adoption barriers when it comes to the installation, package management, and familiarization along with revitalizing the user experience. How does this first milestone of Project Indiana, which in fact will be named OpenSolaris, rank when it comes to meeting their objectives? In this review, we have a lot of information and screenshots on this long-awaited OpenSolaris binary distribution."
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RE[2]: OpenSolaris and Mono
by alucinor on Fri 2nd Nov 2007 19:34 UTC in reply to "RE: OpenSolaris and Mono"
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The patent agreements don't cover "clone software". While the C# implementation aspect of Mono is probably safe because of ECMA, Mono's WinForms, ADO.NET, Silverlight, etc. technologies that build on top of that are not, as they fall under clone software and are not part of the ECMA standard, which only covers the C# syntax and the CLR. If you build a Mono app using GTK# and third-party .NET stuff like say, NUnit, you should be ok, but companies using Mono to migrate a WinForms-based .NET app to Linux are under as much risk with Red Hat as with Novell -- probably moreso with the latter since SUSE users are more under MS's radar, considering the majority of SUSE licenses are now resold by MS itself.

Edited 2007-11-02 19:38

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