Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th May 2009 22:32 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project If there is one technology in the Linux world that ruffles feathers whenever it's mentioned, it's Mono, the open source .Net clone. Since .Net comes out of Microsoft, and has some patents encircling it, it is said to be a legal nightmare. Supposedly, you can obtain a "royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory" license from Microsoft regarding the patents surrounding Mono. iTWire decided to look at just how easy (or hard) it is to get such a license. Turns out it's kind of hard.
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RE[3]: Comment by satan666
by asmoore82 on Sun 31st May 2009 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by satan666"
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Personally I don't think Microsoft is very worried about desktop Linux.

They YOU **REALLY** have your head buried in the sand:

One thing I find myself wondering about is whether we shouldn't try and make the "ACPI" extensions somehow Windows specific

It seems unfortunate if we do this work and get our partners to do the work and the result is that Linux works great without having to do the work.

Maybe there is no way to avoid the problem but it does bother me.

Maybe we could define the APIs so that they work will with NT and not the other even if they are open.

Or maybe we could patent something related to this.

~William Henry "Bill" Gates III, 1999 Confidential Memo

As I mentioned at the retreat we have a huge problem with Intel going against us with Linux.

~William Henry "Bill" Gates III, 2000 Confidential Memo

Bill Gates chooses his words carefully... He doesn't say IBM, Sun, Apple, Unix, BSD, or even "competition;" He says Linux, repeatedly.

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