Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Dec 2010 19:27 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project For the most time, I've been firmly in the largest camp when it comes to the Mono debate - the 'I don't care'-camp. With patent lawsuits being hotter than Lady Gaga right now, that changed. For good reason, so it seems; while firmly in the 'ZOMG-MICROSOFT-IS-T3H-EVILL!1!!ONE!'-camp, The-Source.com investigated the five most popular Mono applications, and the conclusion is clear: all of them implement a lot of namespaces which are not covered by Microsoft's community promise thing.
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SW Patents
by daddio on Mon 13th Dec 2010 19:36 UTC
daddio
Member since:
2007-07-14

I still hold out some hope that the United States Supreme Court will put an end to this nonsense here in the US of A...

Unfortunately The glass-half-empty part of me thinks that by the time Software patents are invalidated in the US, Some other significant parts of the world will have finished legitimizing them. ;)

And good old Microsoft have not shied away in the past from shopping for some obscure international venue to attack a competitor.

(Remember Lindows/Lispire?)

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RE: SW Patents
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 13th Dec 2010 20:42 in reply to "SW Patents"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Calling Lindows a competitor is being too kind. It was a scummy outfit with a crappy Linux distro. It was one of those cases where the law was with Lindows, but the moral high ground was with Microsoft.

Lindows was supposed to be a miraculous Linux based Windows clone that was 100% compatible with windows applications. It was non free ( $50- $100 yearly) linux distro that sucked.

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RE[2]: SW Patents
by Elv13 on Tue 14th Dec 2010 22:04 in reply to "RE: SW Patents"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

Well, it has some good feature (Linspire), but it was OpenSourced too late. It really had some of Windows good features and discoverability of new apps directly in the app (and an app store). But the fork of Mozilla/OpenOffice/KDE was terrible.

Now, Xandros+Linspire seem even more doomed than ever.

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RE: SW Patents
by nt_jerkface on Tue 14th Dec 2010 00:21 in reply to "SW Patents"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Lindows was paid $20 million by MS to change their name. But they blew through the cash and had little to show.

Lindows/Linspire was a lame company that deserved to go under.

Edited 2010-12-14 00:22 UTC

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