Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Dec 2010 19:27 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project For the most time, I've been firmly in the largest camp when it comes to the Mono debate - the 'I don't care'-camp. With patent lawsuits being hotter than Lady Gaga right now, that changed. For good reason, so it seems; while firmly in the 'ZOMG-MICROSOFT-IS-T3H-EVILL!1!!ONE!'-camp, investigated the five most popular Mono applications, and the conclusion is clear: all of them implement a lot of namespaces which are not covered by Microsoft's community promise thing.
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by debackerl on Mon 13th Dec 2010 20:17 UTC
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A year or two ago, many open source developers were in favor of Sun's Java because Sun was so kind, created an open system to design the Java spec (JSR), and all that stuff. Google was in, now Google is busted with Android, LibreOffice wants to reduce dependance on Java, and everbody else is just scared.

Now look at Microsoft, they released the source code of IronPython, IronRuby, F#, ASP.NET MVC, and a widget toolkit for Silverlight. They changed a lot, but in the right sense. 10 years ago nobody would have thought that Microsoft would release open source applications. Also the risk of Microsoft being purchased by Oracle is non significant.

Maybe you are right to be scared of Microsoft, but then stop using Linux Kernel, it has an implementation of FAT!

Maybe the only real alternative for a modern/fast/efficient/open/OO language is D.

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