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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RE[2]: Comment by kittynipples
by alanmc on Tue 14th Dec 2010 15:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kittynipples"
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Agreed - all this means is that those applications rely on an API that falls outside of Microsoft's assurances around patent infringement.

I'll bite. No it doesn't. All it actually means is that the text "using System.Linq" has appeared in the source file. It's entirely possible that nothing in that particular code file actually uses any member from that namespace. Useless 'using' statements tend to crop up a lot because there are no ill effects from having them and it is a pain in the ass to remove them without using some kind of automated tool. Who wants to wander through hundreds of code files removing using statements one after another and checking to see if the build fails?

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