Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Oct 2008 10:37 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Mono Project The Mono project has released Mono 2.0. As most of you will know, Mono is an open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and other operating systems. The 2.0 release comes packed with new features, the main ones being the compiler upgrade to C# 3.0 with support for LINQ, as well as the inclusion of ADO.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 2.0 and System.Windows.Forms 2.0. The release notes detail all the changes and new features.
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RE[5]: Amazing
by lemur2 on Mon 6th Oct 2008 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Amazing"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Yeah, especially when individuals aren't legally responsible for patent infringements (real or imagined) in products they have "purchased".


Unfortunately, AFAIK that is not what the law says.

If a company can show a patent infringement in a product, or even show a cause to believe there is a patent infringement, then the patent holder can force the alleged infringing product to be removed from the market.

That means being able to recall products that are out in the market, in use. Owned by ordinary people who bought them in good faith.

Fortunately, this works two ways. If Microsoft actually tried this against Linux users, then Linux (in the form of the Linux foundation and the SFLC) would counter-suit, and allege that windows infringes patents held by the Patent commons and the open Invention Network. The counter-suit would just as easily be able to force people to stop using Windows.

Clearly, that isn't going to happen. Therefore, Microsoft will not sue.

However, it would appear that Microsoft are still very interested in being able to make threatening noises about the possibility that they would sue (just as they have already done for many a year now).

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RE[6]: Amazing
by Soulbender on Mon 6th Oct 2008 14:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Amazing"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

For this to happen they'd have to win a suit against the manufacturer or reseller first and then the manufacturer would have to recall the product. Individual consumers are not sued.

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RE[7]: Amazing
by lemur2 on Mon 6th Oct 2008 14:13 in reply to "RE[6]: Amazing"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

For this to happen they'd have to win a suit against the manufacturer or reseller first and then the manufacturer would have to recall the product. Individual consumers are not sued.


Correct.

But the individual users are still without their computing resources, because those resources are recalled.

However it won't happen. If Microsoft try it on to get Linux systems recalled, then Linux will retaliate to get all Windows systems recalled.

Chaos ensues. Economic meltdown. Therefore it won't happen.

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