Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 7th Mar 2008 21:38 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Novell and Ximian Open-source pioneer and Novell Vice President Miguel de Icaza Thursday for the first time publicly slammed his company's cross-patent licensing agreement with Microsoft as he defended himself against lack of patent protection for third parties that distribute his company's Moonlight project, which ports Microsoft's Silverlight technology to Linux.
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RE[2]: Interesting
by segedunum on Sat 8th Mar 2008 01:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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He is not "pro" anything. He always tries to be objective, so he sees things from afar, rather than getting all psyched with his own position, or OSS' position, or Microsoft's position.


I'm not entirely sure who you've got him mixed up with. For good or for bad, and people can come up with all the conspiracy theories they like, he has always had a puzzling and burning admiration for what Microsoft comes up with. Whether it be Gnumeric and Excel, Mono and .Net or support for OOXML, he is anything but objective. His bizarre support for OOXML was widely discredited, and around the time Mono was created he even started regurgitating a lot of Microsoft marketing material on .Net, such as ASP.Net being used to write 80% less code than anything else.

It just appears that Miguel is now backtracking somewhat, and if you read the debate:

http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2008/030608-mix-novells-de-icaza-cri...

A lot of it looks quite painful and difficult to reconcile. He even comes up with this gem:

"The patent piece is such a small piece of it," de Icaza said. "I don't think Windows and Linux are relevant in the long term. They might be fantastic products ... but Google has shown itself to be a cash cow. There is a feature beyond selling corporate [software] and patents ... it's going to be owning end users."


Owning end users? That's not really a logical response to..........anything.

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