Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Jul 2009 20:49 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Mono discussion may be tiring, but the fact of the matter is that thanks to this discussion, various major Linux distributions are now making official statements detailing their position in the Mono/C# debate. The latest to do this is Ubuntu, which reiterated their position yesterday.
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Logical fail
by DevL on Thu 2nd Jul 2009 09:17 UTC
DevL
Member since:
2005-07-06

"The basic argument is that while Ubuntu takes patent claims seriously, the simple fact of the matter is that they have received no patent claim from the rights holder (Microsoft). They add that no other project has received such claims either, and that Ubuntu will only act upon claims from the rights holder, and not from 3rd parties."

I've yet to be involved in a car crash. Hence there is no point in strapping myself in or having airbags in my car.

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RE: Logical fail
by Lobotomik on Thu 2nd Jul 2009 09:47 in reply to "Logical fail"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Yeah, that is true. Let's all stop using the free software motorcycle and buckle up to Microsoft's and Apple's safety.

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RE: Logical fail
by vivainio on Thu 2nd Jul 2009 10:18 in reply to "Logical fail"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

I've yet to be involved in a car crash. Hence there is no point in strapping myself in or having airbags in my car.


Colin Watson (of Ubuntu) quoth last month:


At present, were there to be an issue, Mono would be easy to extricate. Making it more of a core requirement is likely to encounter some performance concerns at present anyway, since the budget for desktop startup is increasingly tight as we work on boot performance.


https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2009-June/028347.html

Ubuntu has a rather level headed attitude towards this. They'll take the apps with gratitude, but won't dig too deep a hole for themselves. Pretty much in line with RMS' stance, actually.

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RE: Logical fail
by aeischeid on Thu 2nd Jul 2009 14:23 in reply to "Logical fail"
aeischeid Member since:
2009-05-25

"The basic argument is that while Ubuntu takes patent claims seriously, the simple fact of the matter is that they have received no patent claim from the rights holder (Microsoft). They add that no other project has received such claims either, and that Ubuntu will only act upon claims from the rights holder, and not from 3rd parties."

I've yet to be involved in a car crash. Hence there is no point in strapping myself in or having airbags in my car.


This is actually a pretty good point. I think Stalman's statement regarding Mono might make more sense in this line of reasoning. Of course the car crash analogy isn't perfect. Mono apps could always be ported over if push came to shove. I think Ubuntu is betting that Microsoft won't push, and unlike the car crash thing I think it is probably a safer bet, with less at risk if they are wrong.

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