Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Aug 2010 22:58 UTC, submitted by Alex Forster
Legal We're far from done with the Oracle v. Google lawsuit. The search giant has responded to the lawsuit, and Miguel De Icaza has provided a very interesting insight into the case. His report has been confirmed by James Gosling, known as the father of Java who left Sun right after the merger. Icaza speculates that the potential to monetise on Java by suing Google was pitched by Jonathan Schwartz during Sun's sales talks with Oracle. Oh boy.
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OSS folks bashed Mono, saying that
by MollyC on Sat 14th Aug 2010 01:04 UTC
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it should be avoided at all costs, out of fear that someday Microsoft would sue those that implemented and/or deployed that particular alternative implementation of .NET. This, despite the fact that Microsoft had submitted C# and the core of .NET to a standards body (ECMA, I think), and eventually signed a public legal committment to not sue over Mono.

But others warned that Java was as patent-encumbered as .NET, and that there was nothing preventing Sun from suing implementers of alternative JVMs (or quasi-JVMs) that might infringed on Java's patents. But the OSS folks dismissed those warnings, saying that Sun had earned their trust (unlike Microsoft), and so they could trust Sun to never sue over infringement of Java's patents.

So I just have to laugh at this turn of events.
The OSS community trusted Sun not to sue and distrusted Micrsoft not to sue. The OSS community made the wrong call, likely out of their hatred of Microsoft.

Edited 2010-08-14 01:13 UTC

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