Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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Now lets look at this from another angle. What language, platform should I use? Would picking between Java or Mono/.Net make a difference?

Let's separate Mono from .Net (C#) and Java from OpenJDK.

Let image that Microsoft start blocking all .Net development software. You will be forced to have only one IDE and pay whatever MS ask you to maintain your software. The same can happen with Oracle and Java.

In theory with Mono and OpenJDK (Open source java) even if Microsoft and Oracle freak out, the projects can continue to have a derivative work. So you will no longer depend on a vendor.

But the other problem is Software Patents.

Today Microsoft want to charge you "Software Patents" licenses for you using Linux and Android? What do you think that can happen for using Mono?

Oracle may do the same, there is no guarantee either. But I feel that with Java there is more IDEs and dev tools available in the market.

Edited 2012-01-03 16:13 UTC

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