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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Many enemies and few friends.
by Slambert666 on Mon 1st Jun 2009 06:03 UTC
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Mono has many enemies:

The enemies from the Java camp that hate everything dotNET.

The enemies from the anti Microsoft camp that hate everything that originated at Microsoft.

The enemies from the pro Microsoft camp that wants to keep programmers on Windows.

The enemies from the anti Novell camp that probably work for Red Hat or Canoical?

The enemies from the KDE camp that hates everything Gnome and especially Miguel.

The enemies from the C and C++ camp that hates everything with a VM and are not afraid to say so.

The enemies from the "Patent Lobby" that hates the fact that patents are useless and want to apply patents to Mono just to begin somewhere when unwinding the FOSS community.

And a few friends:
Programmers that recognize the value that Mono brings to the FOSS desktop.

Users that like the high quality programs that the Mono programmers are producing.

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