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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SReilly
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2006-12-28

So in order to avoid having them consider other development frameworks like Java, which are totally not under their control, they might "recommend" a framework they are indirekt control over, e.g. they control the direction of .Net, thus controlling what mono will have to do as well.


Nicely said and I certainly didn't see it that way. But what if a day comes where Mono is more feature rich, better supported and commands a larger number of developers than .Net (however unlikely)? Do you really see MS lay down and give up? Or, much more likely IMO, start a patent and/or IP infringement lawsuit?

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anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

Do you really see MS lay down and give up? Or, much more likely IMO, start a patent and/or IP infringement lawsuit?

Of course they won't give up, but as you said such a situation is highly unlikely, there is IMHO no point in speculating what they would do then.

In order not to get into this situation, they will keep on extending .Net in a way that is hard (or even impossible) for others to implement.
This is something they have huge expertise in.

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gustl Member since:
2006-01-19

If that day comes, Microsift has a problem:

Should they sue Mono, thereby hurting their own development environment (because at that point in time the feature "platform independent" will be a killer-feature), they will find themselves hurting their own business.

So they will most probaly do what they are doing now: FUD-ing around but not really sueing the free projects.

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