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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RE: Mono/Microsoft collaboration
by nberardi on Sun 25th Mar 2007 20:28 UTC in reply to "Mono/Microsoft collaboration"
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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nberardi Member since:
2005-07-10

Yeah, right. Microsoft acquiesced to pirated copies of their business software and OSes, too.


I don't think you really understand the benefits of .NET working on other platforms. Or at least you don't see it from Microsoft's perspective. Who do you think is going to benefit from a wealth of software being developed on .NET? Especially all the new compilers that compile against the CLR. There is Python, PHP, COBOL, FORTRAN, some supported by organizations some supported by guys that just program on the weekends. So what good does it do for Microsoft to shut down a very useful compiler, like PHP.NET, that still compiles .NET code and runs on Windows perfectly. There is none.

And Microsoft understand that not all these guys that are going to be providing very useful tools for its Windows developer that adds to the value of running Windows are going to come from the Windows side of the world. I think you are still stuck in the 90's with your mentality about Microsoft.

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