Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2008 23:28 UTC, submitted by irbis
Mono Project "Does GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza's backflip over the Novell-Microsoft deal a few days ago mean that he has finally been convinced that he is on a one-way path to nowhere? Has he realised that his own project, Mono, is actually putting GNOME on a development track that can leave it open to patent claims one day? And has he realised that creating Moonlight, a clone of Microsoft's Silverlight, (with which the company hopes to trump Adobe's Flash) is not going to advance the cause of free software one iota?"
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RE[5]: O_O
by gilboa on Wed 12th Mar 2008 14:03 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: O_O"
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Silverlight is a different story. MS would have a hard time in a patent infrigement suite due to how much they have helped out with moonlight, but it is MS technology and not under ECMA.

... Let me put this way, SCO managed to drag the case for, what, 5 years now? Given MS' size and their legal department size guesstimation, I;m willing to bet good money that their lawsuit won't be thrown out of the court house in a summery judgment.

.. But then again, IANAL.

On the other hand though, Flash is an adobe product, and nothing is keeping adobe from dumping linux support any time they feel like it. Not only that, but there probably will never be any flash tools for linux developers, there will be for moonlight. I am not trying to say there is no risk with it, but there are definatley mitigating factors.

Sorry. I don't buy this argument.
To the -best- of knowledge, Adobe has never sued, nor did it threaten to sue any OSS project that reverse-engineered its products.
Call me crazy, but given MS' past behavior (*Hint -convicted- monopolist? *Hint) I rather take my chances with Adobe, thank you.

You are right, and they aren't.

They aren't... what?
Aren't threating to sue world+dog or aren't working with the community?

You should drop the FUD. You can't start off by saying its not a matter of sueing, then procede to make veiled references to law suites through the whole post.

MS not suing? If there's one thing certain in this world (beyond death) is that MS -will- sue commercial Linux and OSS distributors the -second- it feels (that it's monopoly is being) threatened.

... I said, (and I quote)

IANAL, but MS doesn't need to win a court case - it never did.
How many companies capitulated before SCO's demands? How many will capitulate the second MS fires the first lawsuit?

P.S. Calling someone else's arguments "FUD" usually means:
"I didn't have any solid argument to counter your claims so I'll just start calling you names"...

- Gilboa

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