Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2007 07:55 UTC, submitted by Augusto
Novell and Ximian "Two months ago, the Brazilian Linux community gathered around BR-Linux invited Novell to answer 10 questions sent and selected by the users, about the company's stance on Linux, open source, licenses, document formats and other subjects." "Novell has been very consistent on this issue and we have publicly stated that we do not believe that Linux infringes on any Microsoft patents. That being said, our agreement with Microsoft takes the patent issue off the table for customers. We have simply made the patent issue a non-event as part of a customer buying decision."
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RE[2]: on mono
by nevali on Thu 27th Sep 2007 10:53 UTC in reply to "RE: on mono"
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Any bets on how long it takes until a primary Microsoft property's website requires silverlight to use? Hotmail, Live Search, XBox360, MSN?

A very long time, unless they bundle Silverlight with absolutely everything (which is, of course, plausible). The problem is that it doesn't have the market penetration—and probably never will—to enable that happening without Microsoft risking severe backlash from both users and web professionals who are sick and tired of Microsoft “proprietarising” (yes, I know, that's not a real word) the web.

(Edit: spelling)

Edited 2007-09-27 10:53

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RE[3]: on mono
by Matzon on Thu 27th Sep 2007 11:13 in reply to "RE[2]: on mono"
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since MS has a decent amount of windows installations, they'll just tag silvelight as a "critical" update in Windows update - and tada, 80% penetration in a week :/

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RE[3]: on mono
by Kroc on Thu 27th Sep 2007 11:27 in reply to "RE[2]: on mono"
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All Microsoft have to do is require Silverlight to view something like the Halo website, and people /will/ install it. We're talking ravenous Halo fans here. There's even a Firefox plugin, so it's not like Microsoft are excluding a majority of people; you only have to go through a quick and simple step to get on the site, and bingo, Microsoft are bolstering the idea that it's a good idea to make Silverlight only sites (just like making flash-only sites is such a great idea).

Microsoft have been heavily pushing Silverlight at their recent Mix07 event. They want people to use it instead of flash for companies' unaccessible, unusable, slow-loading sites.

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RE[4]: on mono
by basket on Fri 28th Sep 2007 04:40 in reply to "RE[3]: on mono"
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All Microsoft have to do is require Silverlight to view something like the Halo website, and people /will/ install it.

The Halo3 Game Guide already requires Silverlight:

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