Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 21st May 2004 01:17 UTC
Mono Project The tomato war between Red Hat, Novell and the developer Gnome community about Mono and its legal safety continued today. Novell's Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza replied to yesterday's editorial by Red Hat's Seth Nickell. Later, Red Hat's Havoc Pennington replied to Nat and Gnome's Andrew Sobala also threw a few (metallic) cents too. For future episodes, bookmark PlanetGnome (unverified rumors circulating on IRC claim that eggs might be used next if there is no sign of their lawyers meeting with Microsoft to try to give an end to the saga). In any case, you don't want to miss this.
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Java has no published spec! What if Sun goes out of business?!
by zzwiseguy on Sun 23rd May 2004 17:28 UTC

There's too much FUD here. People are just confused because they're too used to scripting languages, I guess.
Look, other languages have had standards published and implementations have followed: Eiffeil, Common Lisp, etc. C# has. Java hasn't got a standard! IMHO, this is a real mistake on RedHat's part...What if Sun goes out of business? What's going to happen to Java legacy code? You take a language like has *no* specification, just an implementation. It's crazy to invest future time on that...
So you see, there are prior examples. *Everybody* knows what "specification" in a body like ECMA, ISO or ANSI means. It means you can write and deploy Mono.
So let's stop all this hype and FUD about Mono.