Does this protect Mono from Microsoft?
Posted Nov 3, 2006 21:15 UTC (Fri) by gravious
In reply to: Does this protect Mono from Microsoft?
Parent article: Various responses to Microsoft/Novell
Ah hah! There was always this lingering suspicion of Mono running afoul of some MS .Net patent mines. Novell is invested heavily in Mono - this makes tons of sense for them. Also they were one of the first to indemnify against SCO and now they can claim that they are indemnified against the MS patent horde. On principal I think everyone in the Open Source community would rather commit hari kiri than cut a deal with Bill Gates and his minions but we must realise that Novell has been in this business a long time and that they have a lot of assets to protect.
Though I do not use Suse I have seen nothing that would indicate Novell is anything but keen on expanding it's role in the Open Source world. I think caution is wise but the amount of nay-sayers on LWN is a bit depressing at times. Oracle/RedHat - good riddance RH! MS/Novell - good riddance Novell! Just remember all the passionate Open Source/Free Software people these companies employ - they must have some influence on their future directions. Let's not keep yelling "The sky is falling!" every time a commercial deal is struck.
I genuinely believe nothing can stem the flow of one of the most altruistic movements I know. Between the Open Content and Open Source we will pry the fruits of our labour from the greedy hands of those whose sole aim in life is the headlong pursuit of Mammon. You know, their is no end to this struggle (I believe that fervently!) We are just a continuation of any movement that values collaboration/cooperation and sharing more than proprietary gain. Nobody walks blindfolded into a deal with MS these days unless they missed the last 15 years of computing which Novell obviously have not considering they swallowed up arguably the second best distribution out there - barring the rise of Ubuntu.
In other news, have you seen MS has shared source all 3.9 million lines of the new Win CE? Now _that_ is news and a genuinely competitive move to cut off Linux in the embedded space
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