Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:27 UTC
Java "Although the .NET vs. Java war is basically over for control of the Windows desktop, where .NET is sure to become the managed language of choice for new Windows desktop applications, there is a new battle brewing. That battle is for the Linux desktop. Now that Java has been open sourced under the GPL, even the most strict of the 'free software only' distributions can start bundling it and integrating it into their Linux distributions out of the box."
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RE[3]: Ehhh?
by dylansmrjones on Thu 8th Mar 2007 14:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ehhh?"
dylansmrjones
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2005-10-02

It's an USA-only problem. The rest of the world (especially Asia) will just keep on enhancing software, leaving USA in the dust when it comes to IT.

Claiming there are or will be no patent traps in Java is silly, since it is entirely possible for Sun to unknowningly implement functionality patented by somebody else. There will always - no matter the license - be a patent trap, if patents are a possibility.

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RE[4]: Ehhh?
by Savior on Thu 8th Mar 2007 16:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Ehhh?"
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2006-09-02

We all know what he meant by "patent trap". The problem is not accidentally implementing a patented functionality -- that can happen with anyone. The problem is that Mono follows .NET, so MS can use its .NET-related patent portfolio anytime.

It's different with java, as it will use GPLv3.

Edit: and software patents are not be a USA-only problem while there is a constant threat of them being introduced to Europe.

Edited 2007-03-08 16:52

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RE[5]: Ehhh?
by dylansmrjones on Thu 8th Mar 2007 18:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Ehhh?"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

And none of the patents are valid in Europe ;)

They get granted alright but they are not valid in Europe. However patents granted in Europe are valid in USA ;)

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