Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2007 17:44 UTC, submitted by suka
Mono Project In a recent interview with the online edition of the Austrian daily Newspaper Der Standard, Mono project-lead Miguel de Icaza pleads for a cooperation between Mono and Microsoft's .Net: "I think that the deal should include a technical Mono/.NET collaboration, and even go as far as Microsoft recommending Mono for all of their developers looking at migration."
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Mono/Microsoft collaboration
by Almafeta on Sun 25th Mar 2007 18:27 UTC
Almafeta
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2007-02-22

I wouldn't hold my breath on such a deal; I think de Icaza will sooner be hit by a lawsuit than a business deal.

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de_wizze Member since:
2005-10-31

He must not have heard about the story of "The Scorpion and the Frog". This is business and Microsoft did what was necessary to protect its competitive advantage (whether present or future). What they should do is continue to innovate and maintain that competitive advantage. There are so many instances where the focus has been on keeping up where it doesn't quite matter and not leveraging/marketing the advantages enough. I like that they have developed a tool to aid with migrations but as Daniel Robbins found out(leaving due to frustration over not being able to work at his "full level of technical ability"), when entering into scenarios such as this, competitors are only going to assist you as far as it benefits them, no further. You still have to work on what makes you better. So when he describes doing WPF better, I applaud that direction (while still maintaining compatibility of course)

Edited 2007-03-25 19:02

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nberardi Member since:
2005-07-10

Actually don't be so sure about that. Microsoft is well aware of the existence of Mono, and them supporting Mono only boasts .NET over Java. However their support isn't active with money or sharing of code, because they want to make sure Mono and .NET forge ahead on two different paths. But many of the Microsoft developers also work on the Mono project.

Also you have to understand that Miguel is shooting for Mars in hopes of reaching the Moon.

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nutshell42 Member since:
2006-01-12

Actually don't be so sure about that. Microsoft is well aware of the existence of Mono, and them supporting Mono only boasts .NET over Java. However their support isn't active with money or sharing of code, because they want to make sure Mono and .NET forge ahead on two different paths. But many of the Microsoft developers also work on the Mono project.*

Yeah, right. Microsoft acquiesced to pirated copies of their business software and OSes, too.
Until the day they had achieved dominance.
Now, copyright infringement is clearly illegal while the status of Mono is questionable. But if you're a Mono developer, you should pray that .NET will never ever win against Java, because the next day MS will start collecting royalties and sue everyone who doesn't comply.
And the way the system works it will take tens of millions of dollars to win those lawsuits even if Mono is perfectly, 100% legal.

*: Is the preview broken? Because if I follow the bold blue statement and use the q tag it just shows the tags. But blockquote seems to work. Strange.
EDIT: But not in the posted version. Is the new osnews usable? And is its preview less screwed up?
REEDIT: I can now answer my last two questions:
Seems to be. No.

Edited 2007-03-26 17:45 UTC

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