Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Nov 2006 21:56 UTC
Mono Project Some interesting bits of his blog entry in which De Icaza replies to emails he has received concerning the Novell-Microsoft deal: "I do not know of any patents which Mono infringes. (...) Although I did not take part of the actual negotiations, and was only told about this deal less than a week before the announcement, I had been calling for a long time for a collaboration between Microsoft and Open Source and Microsoft and Novell. (...) Similar deals have been done in the past, in 1997 Microsoft signed a similar deal with Apple, and Apple used that agreement and the incoming monies to turn the company around. Sun signed a similar agreement with Microsoft in 2004, which at the time I realized enabled Sun to ship Mono on Solaris (which we already supported at that time)."
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"No single person has done more damage to Linux and open source software - ever."

Are you serious? He was one of the creators of GNOME. I think he has helped Linux and all of the other open source OSs considerably more than he has or ever will hurt them.

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vegai Member since:

Are *you* serious?

How about a thought exercise. If Gnome did not exist, how would the open source world be different now?

However hard I think, I cannot think of any Gnomish thing so essential that we would miss if it weren't there.

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zlynx Member since:

If Gnome didn't exist, would TrollTech have ever released a GPL Qt library...

Mono's existence kickstarted free Java development. "Oh noes, everyone will be using MS technology, we had better clone up an alternative fast!"

Free Java is why Sun is even thinking about releasing real Java to open source.

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