Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Jul 2009 08:51 UTC, submitted by PLan
Mono Project We've already seen some heavy discussion on Mono and C# here on OSNews the past few weeks, as it became clear the patent situation regarding the ECMA parts of Mono was anything but faith inspiring. This issue seems to be resolved now: Microsoft has made a legally binding promise not to sue anyone who uses or distributes implementations of said ECMA standards. Following this news, Mono will be split in two; the ECMA standard parts, and the rest.
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RE: Money rules, not Mono
by vivainio on Wed 8th Jul 2009 16:46 UTC in reply to "Money rules, not Mono"
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If there wil be no good commercial programs, that requires mono, MS will not even bother to start legal actions. But if some big company releases some big product - MS will react. Imagine, what would happen, if Google made it's Google Earth with Mono. They will be sued to death by MS.

It's exactly the other way around.

Microsoft would love the fact that something great was done with Mono. It's the mindshare and programmers hearts they are after. If mono was to become a "standard" way of writing Linux software, it would leave Microsoft at the "choke point", and utterly neutralize the threat of Java. They can basically start escalating the value of .Net stack rapidly (in areas not covered by the promise), and leave Linux eating dust; again to attract developers ("we are already halfway using .Net - why not go all the way now and benefit from $NEW_TECH).

It doesn't hurt that the stuff written in Mono would run better on Windows.

MS will then try to sue some money out of it.

Hah, the money from lawsuits is peanuts for Microsoft. The lawsuits are done to ensure their dominant position.

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