Article of Gnome, Mono, Ubuntu and growing influence of Microsoft
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Thu Mar 13 18:33:04 GMT 2008
On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 08:02:49 +0100, Nils Kassube wrote:
> Jan Claeys wrote:
>> Did you or someone else do an investigation into what parts are most
>> vulnerable to software patents (in those countries that allow them)?
> Yes, Microsoft did the research. They came to the conclusion that 235 of
> their patents are infringed . As they don't tell anybody which
> patents, I suppose there are many trivial patents like .
> But seriously, according to  it would not be wise to do such a
> research without prior lawyer advice. At least in the USA the damages
> for patent infringement are tripled if the infringer knows about the
And you honestly believe them? They've made that claim for the last
several years now, and it's pretty much an idle threat. If they were
truly worried about their patents, or in any way interested in protecting
them legitimately, they'd have informed the proper maintainers about
these patents. If the patents do exist and are valid (even if the first
is true, the second is almost certainly not), they would have legally
been required to do something about it.
No, the patent threat is a non-issue. Ignore it. Microsoft's just being
the 800 pound troll in the corner. That said, Mono has a number of
technical failings that would discourage me from using it.
Interestingly, those are the exact same reasons I hesitate to use Java.
For those looking to move code to free/open source platforms, Mono is a
good thing. But for new free/open source software, we should stick to
the languages that have built our software or that have emerged from the
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