Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th May 2009 22:32 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project If there is one technology in the Linux world that ruffles feathers whenever it's mentioned, it's Mono, the open source .Net clone. Since .Net comes out of Microsoft, and has some patents encircling it, it is said to be a legal nightmare. Supposedly, you can obtain a "royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory" license from Microsoft regarding the patents surrounding Mono. iTWire decided to look at just how easy (or hard) it is to get such a license. Turns out it's kind of hard.
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Comment by asmoore82
by asmoore82 on Sun 31st May 2009 23:50 UTC
asmoore82
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2009-03-11

Let's just take a moment to remember some of the other companies that have allowed themselves to get a little too close to Microsoft as Novell has now done...

Compaq, SCO, Yahoo, Bungie, Rare, Sega,
the Banking Insustry, the American Auto Makers.
What could possibly go wrong??

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RE: Comment by asmoore82
by rbenchley on Mon 1st Jun 2009 13:56 in reply to "Comment by asmoore82"
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2005-11-03

Let's just take a moment to remember some of the other companies that have allowed themselves to get a little too close to Microsoft as Novell has now done... Compaq, SCO, Yahoo, Bungie, Rare, Sega, the Banking Insustry, the American Auto Makers. What could possibly go wrong??

Microsoft has done some really shady things in their time, but your examples are absurd. The banking industry? Really? Microsoft is responsible for credit default swaps, over leveraging and bad loans now? The American auto industry? Microsoft forcced them to make gas guzzling cars that wouldn't sell when the price of oil spiked? Bungie and Rare have done fine as subsidaries of Microsoft (see sales of Halo series, Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo). Yahoo's mistake was that they turned down a very fair offer from Microsoft. Compaq screwed up when they wasted money on DEC and didn't know what to do with it. Microsoft had nothing to do with SCO's fall from grace, but this is good a example of some of Microsoft's shady behavior as they pumped money into SCO's corpse in an attempt to poison the waters for Linux. As for Sega, Microsoft did screw them. Microsoft "assisted" Sega by giving them a license for Windows CE for the Dreamcast and then used the process as a test run for the Xbox.

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