Yes but one of the big things that makes any platform desirable for
*ordinary* users to use it are applications. This is something that MS
understand all too well (as can be seen by their prevalence in the Office
suites market for example)
Now who writes the applications? Developers, natch! Build the apps and the
users will follow...
IMHO this is a very good thing for Linux in general...
"It's all fun and games till someone losses [sic] an eye"
Derek Noonan, Software Engineer, Clarus Corporation
From: Donncha O Caoimh [mailto:donncha.ocaoimh at tradesignals.com]
Sent: 03 August 2001 11:14
To: Derek Noonan
Cc: 'clug at linux.ie'
Subject: Re: [CLUG] .NET on Linux?
Unfortunately, MS have said they will use patents on technology in that
area to stop open source/Free versions of .NET being produced.
Take a look at http://scripting.com/ today for more details. Read back
the last few days and you'll see some disturbing quotes from Craig
"Brian Behlendorf: "I agree we can work with Microsoft, but sometimes
they put terms on the relationships that just make that impossible. I
was glad I was able to get Mundie to state 'of course!' when I asked if
they had patents they planned to enforce against independent
implementors of .Net and Hailstorm."
Derek Noonan wrote:
>> Anyone who thought that .NET was going to stay on the Microsoft platform
> simply wrong. Microsoft submitted .NET to ECMA (http://www.ecma.ch/) in
> hope that other vendors would implement it.
>> You'll soon find a version of the .NET Framework for the Linux platform
> courtesy of several members of the open source project. The fact that
> Microsoft wants little to do with open source (but is being forced into it
> bit by bit by developers) lends irony to the entire project.
>> You can read more about this particular development at
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