Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Oct 2008 10:37 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Mono Project The Mono project has released Mono 2.0. As most of you will know, Mono is an open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and other operating systems. The 2.0 release comes packed with new features, the main ones being the compiler upgrade to C# 3.0 with support for LINQ, as well as the inclusion of ADO.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 2.0 and System.Windows.Forms 2.0. The release notes detail all the changes and new features.
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RE[7]: Amazing
by abraxas on Tue 7th Oct 2008 22:23 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Amazing"
abraxas
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Microsoft did not claim its own patents in the Linux kernel. The Linux kernel is, after all, a UNIX work-alike, whereas the NT kernel is a VMS work-alike.


http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2189833/microsoft-claims-patents-...

Samba is OK. Samba is a free software implementation of the SMB protocol, which is an IBM invention.


Have you ever heard of CIFS?

... stop using any software where Microsoft can feasibly claim that you would need a license from them (even where Microsoft did not write the code you are running), because Microsoft hold prehaps-valid patents in the applicable technology. Yes. Indeed. Agreed. Precisely the point.


Have you ever read a software patent. They are so broad that everything in the open source world probably infringes on at least one of Microsoft's patents.

That is also why it is absolutely fine for me to run the Linux kernel, GNU software, KDE desktop, Qt libraries, Samba, LAMP stack, even ntfs-3g (since Microsoft clearly didn't invent the concept of "filesystem")


I'm happy for you. Run the software you want to run. No one cares. We just don't like you shoving your opinions down everyone's throat and spreading massive FUD because of your own irrational fears.

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