Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th May 2008 13:38 UTC, submitted by gonzo
Mono Project On his blog, Miguel de Icaza announced the first public releases of Moonlight. Moonlight is the open source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight, the company's Flash competitor. Moonlight is not yet free of bugs, though.
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RE[5]: Comment by satan666
by Jemm on Fri 16th May 2008 16:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by satan666"
Jemm
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2005-07-25

See? You can have most of .Net ... but you can't write a GUI because Windows Forms is held back. If you try to port Windows forms to another platform, so that a program originally written in .Net using Windows forms can be easily ported to that other platform ... Microsoft would certainly sue.

So... why haven't they sued Mono, yet? ;)

"Mono's Winforms 2.0 is now API Complete"
http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2008/May-13.html

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RE[6]: Comment by satan666
by lemur2 on Sat 17th May 2008 09:00 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by satan666"
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2007-02-17

See? You can have most of .Net ... but you can't write a GUI because Windows Forms is held back. If you try to port Windows forms to another platform, so that a program originally written in .Net using Windows forms can be easily ported to that other platform ... Microsoft would certainly sue.

So... why haven't they sued Mono, yet? ;)

"Mono's Winforms 2.0 is now API Complete"
http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2008/May-13.html


Novell has a deal with Microsoft.

AFAIK from Microsoft's perspective, it is perfectly OK for Mono to have WinForms ... and any user can run code made with that combination on a Novell SLED platform.

I'm pretty certain however that Microsoft would feel absolutely justified in suing anyone who ran such an application on Red Hat or Ubuntu Linux, who have not paid any dues to Microsoft.

Even then, though ... Microsoft won't do this until they feel that they need to. Right now, Microsoft are probably waiting for programs built from these tools to become strategically important to RedHat and Ubuntu customers.

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RE[7]: Comment by satan666
by jstedfast on Sat 17th May 2008 15:59 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by satan666"
jstedfast Member since:
2007-06-21

Even then, though ... Microsoft won't do this until they feel that they need to. Right now, Microsoft are probably waiting for programs built from these tools to become strategically important to RedHat and Ubuntu customers.


There's really no reason for developers to write new applications that use Windows.Forms for several reasons:

1. Mono provides Gtk# which is cross-platform
2. Gtk# provides a much more native UI for Linux apps (why would Red Hat want Windows.Forms apps?)
3. Microsoft is phasing out Windows.Forms in favor of WPF

Mono's Windows.Forms support is largely for aiding in allowing software written for .NET on Windows to be ported over to run on Linux.

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