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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Yeah if you look back at the other replies to my comment you will see that apparently the CLI has been submitted and published by ISO. And the abstract for that paper shows that it contains much the same information as the publically available ECMA335, which is enough to implement the complete CLR.

The only thing that is suspect is patents on extra APIs that are not mentioned in the standards. Please do not expand this to say that C# or the CLR as described in ECMA335 is not safe, because it is.

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