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, The-Source.com 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.
Permalink for comment 453410
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Patent that only affects Mono is unlikely
by jpobst on Tue 14th Dec 2010 04:13 UTC
jpobst
Member since:
2006-09-26

I would be extremely fascinated to see a patent on processing XML that would only apply to .Net/Mono and not the 3 trillion other XML processing libraries.

The simple fact is that there really isn't anything new or novel in the .Net base class libraries. It's just a nice, coherent collection of common functionality.

If there exists a magical patent that only affects Mono's usage of XML, then they'll just port another XML processing library to C#. Same with a Data Abstraction Layer (System.Data), same with LINQ.

All this stuff exists in Java and Python and Perl and PHP and C and C++ and Ruby, etc. If their implementations are somehow "safe" where .Net/Mono's are not, they can be ported rather trivially.

Reply Score: 4