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: I do like GNOME, but:
by abraxas on Mon 26th Mar 2007 17:09 UTC in reply to "I do like GNOME, but:"
abraxas
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2005-07-07

Should they step further into that Microsoft shit - sorry, but that's what it is - I'll switch to KDE. De Icaza hasn't listened carefully to what the communitry has said about the Novell-MS deal. Tying GNOME even closer to .Net is even worse, because the day will come when Microsoft goes to court with that. I wouldn't be surprised if it was Mono they're after (well, to start with).

Ballmer has said it on and off that OSS is violating MS patents. So it's just a matter of time when he'll be the one to open the flood gates.


I don't really see how Miguel has anything to worry aouut. Mono was a Ximian project. Ximian was bought by Novell. Novell has a patent agreement with Microsoft. Novell has the copyright to Mono and many of the Mono projects which it licneses under the GPL. The only company that Microsoft could sue is Novell which according to their agreement they cannot do.

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RE[2]: I do like GNOME, but:
by Moochman on Tue 27th Mar 2007 19:20 in reply to "RE: I do like GNOME, but:"
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2005-07-06

Sure, if all the Mono projects are tied only to Novell-created distros. But as soon as another distro, or the Gnome project itself, decides to include a Mono application, then they are in risky territory.

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RE[3]: I do like GNOME, but:
by abraxas on Wed 28th Mar 2007 05:24 in reply to "RE[2]: I do like GNOME, but:"
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2005-07-07

Sure, if all the Mono projects are tied only to Novell-created distros. But as soon as another distro, or the Gnome project itself, decides to include a Mono application, then they are in risky territory.

Not true at all. They could only sue if the application itself infringed. The language itself is a standard. The only issue could be the libraries themselves, much like java classes. No one got sued for making GPL java applications and there is a reason why. If Mono is indeed infringing and Microsoft sues the only one they can sue is Novell because the code is copyrighted and licensed by Novell. Microsoft's deal with Novell prevents that.

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RE[3]: I do like GNOME, but:
by abraxas on Wed 28th Mar 2007 05:23 in reply to "RE: I do like GNOME, but:"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

wrong thread again.

Edited 2007-03-28 05:24

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