Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Expected, but still insanely cool: Canonical has just announced Ubuntu for phones. This is a new mobile phone operating system, with its own user interface and development platform. It's built around Qt5 and QML, and the interface reminds me of MeeGo on the N9. It's supposed to be on the shelves in early 2014, but the developer preview is out today.
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RE[8]: I want one!
by ndrw on Fri 4th Jan 2013 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: I want one!"
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Only some components are standardized and covered by Microsoft Community Promise (C# language spec and CLI). The rest, which is the most of the framework, is closed, single-sourced, Windows-only, and owned by Microsoft. That's slightly camouflaged but nevertheless well known EE&E.

The promise itself is also questionable - it lists what you can do with the licensed software, which is incompatible with GPL and other copy-left licenses. It is too restrictive for big players like Google (if only because they would lose their right to sue/counter-sue Microsoft). And it is just a vague web page, written in English, not signed by anyone, "personal", addressed to a "you" (who exactly?) - good luck using it in a court.

As for the language, both Java and C# are relatively uninteresting and were deliberately designed to be simple, not powerful. Arguing "which is better" is pointless, when even Ruby can offer more (not to mention Haskell or Clojure). Power of C# and Java comes exclusively from their frameworks, and in case of .Net the framework is Windows.

Because of that C# doesn't even compare well against Java, where at least you have several major vendors (including the OS ones) implementing the whole framework, which designed to work with multiple platforms.

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