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, 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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Patent that only affects Mono is unlikely
by jpobst on Tue 14th Dec 2010 04:13 UTC
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I would be extremely fascinated to see a patent on processing XML that would only apply to .Net/Mono and not the 3 trillion other XML processing libraries.

The simple fact is that there really isn't anything new or novel in the .Net base class libraries. It's just a nice, coherent collection of common functionality.

If there exists a magical patent that only affects Mono's usage of XML, then they'll just port another XML processing library to C#. Same with a Data Abstraction Layer (System.Data), same with LINQ.

All this stuff exists in Java and Python and Perl and PHP and C and C++ and Ruby, etc. If their implementations are somehow "safe" where .Net/Mono's are not, they can be ported rather trivially.

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