Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Aug 2010 01:32 UTC, submitted by JeremyPoulson
Legal I'm supposed to be asleep right now, but this news kind of hit me like a ton of bricks: Oracle is suing Google over its Android mobile operating system, claiming it infringes on its patented Java technology. Not a good week to be Google, is it?
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RE: Good news for .net?
by ndrw on Fri 13th Aug 2010 03:07 UTC in reply to "Good news for .net?"
ndrw
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I agree that this is a bad news for third-party Java (that includes OpenJDK, IBM's Java, gcj, Mono and "who-knows-maybe-even-.Net") users. It may be a sign that Oracle is attempting to regain a control (make it proprietary again) of Java.

However, claiming that .Net is more open than Java is simply wrong. From the beginning to the end, .Net is a single platform, closed source and proprietary product. You are conditionally permitted to use it (which in 99% of cases is enough) but it doesn't even come close to Java's ubiquity and openness (at least until now).

My biggest hope is that with Google will play hard by counter-suing Oracle in their own field. That would perhaps bring some sanity in this craziness and speed up the collapse of the patent system.

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