Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 19th Sep 2005 17:02 UTC, submitted by Eli M. Dow
Mono Project Build applications for Linux while maintaining cross-platform capabilities using .NET languages.
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RE[2]: Costs of Mono
by Anonymous on Tue 20th Sep 2005 13:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Costs of Mono"
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Java is under a RAND grant. Anyone is free to implement a java environment with no strings attached, other then that sun reserves the right to what is called "Java", and what isnt. If Sun could start sueing IBM for Jikes asap (sun and ibm have been in even more of a tug of war match over then then sun and microsoft)

As for ignoring .net, we arent talking about that, we are talking about adopting it. .Net is extremely new, and in the world of APIs new is generally not a good thing. It means it has some nifty new features that java does not, but java has a collosal head start in many areas. it will take microsoft years to get .net up to the same level as the java api for one. another thing to consider is that java is virtually synonmous with "enterprise computing", if your making an enterprise webapp, chances are you will be using j2ee/oracle/*nix not .net/sqlserver/win2k3. the reason for this is that java has proven itself to be both secure and robust. Many desktop users dont realise how insanely popular the platform is in the business world, because they dont see many desktop apps (this is because of the swing issues i mentioned earlier)

Last but not least, there are (currently) more people working with java for their day to day jobs then any other language. It would be a nice bonus to use a language that is the majority of programmers bread and butter, it would mean the barrier to entry for writing gnome apps is next to nothing. it would be a big change from C, which has been on a steady decline for decades now (its not even taught in many courses anymore). Java would definately be the best choice at this point in time for getting young blood into gnome (to be fair, .net probably will be second best within the next few years, and if history has taught us anything, take the lead)

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