>>>>> "Derek" == Derek Noonan <noonand at ie.claruscorp.com> writes:
Derek> You'll soon find a version of the .NET Framework for the
Derek> Linux platform courtesy of several members of the open
Derek> source project. The fact that Microsoft wants little to do
Derek> with open source (but is being forced into it bit by bit by
Derek> developers) lends irony to the entire project.
Some more info on this...
At the moment there are plans to implement a .NET development
environment for Linux. This will be used to develop Linux
applications to interact with Hailstorm and Passport servers. There
are currently no plans by microsoft to open up the server side of
.NET. The mono project is one example of such a project and
development is being led by Ximian.
The DotGNU project is a seperate project planning implement a free
alternative to Hailstorm and Passport.
And I've never seen any evidence to suggest that Microsoft are capable
of creating standards and sticking to them. Which makes sense from
their perspective really.
The Ximian people are sort of expecting this and Miguel deIcaza has
said that he is partly interested in the mono project to try to push
the limits of microsofts ability to cooperate with open source.
Also, read this cringely column for an interesting conspiracy theory
on how microsoft plan to dominate the internet.
It's fairly plausible, and would make sense as a business decision (
assuming they think they can get away with it )
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