> One should point out that there are explicit patent grants related to C# so that it's probably less likely for Mono or its users to be sued than for them to get a wild hair about suing Oracle over Java or someone else. And that's pretty unlikely given that they suport other open source projects, like IronPython and ActiveState Perl.
Oh, you mean like how Oracle supports projects like Linux, BTRFS, Java, MySQL et al. (see Oracle v. Google)?
Mono is a nich market. I have few doubts that if Mono ever got too big (à la Android) then Microsoft would arm their torpedos.
All kidding aside, one of the points of my original comment was to inform that their was already an outcry about C#/Mono (and Java as well now that we mention it), so C# was perhaps in some minds passed over as "been there. done that."
So while JS was certainly going to start a forest fire (as any language would to some degree), C# (and Java) would have as well, as well as flames of a different forest.