____/ Kier on Wednesday 05 September 2007 10:52 : \____
> On Wed, 05 Sep 2007 03:02:14 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ____/ [H]omer on Tuesday 04 September 2007 22:17 : \____
>>> Verily I say unto thee, that Geico Caveman spake thusly:
>>>> Only a moron would bet his company's life on Mono. Its very likely
>>>> patent encumbered (that is probably the idea behind Microsoft
>>>> tolerating/encouraging its use anyways - compromise the legal
>>>> standing of systems while making it indispensable, and then milk them
>>>> for whatever it is worth - old, familiar modus operandi).
>>> The infestation of GNU/Linux with Mono is an issue that is far more
>>> serious than just patents. Do we really want to adopt Microsoft's
>>> principles and methodologies? How convenient for Microsoft if we did.
>>> Then, not only would they have easily verifiable grounds to claim
>>> "infringement" in later years, but they'd also have perverted GNU/Linux
>>> at the most fundamental level - at the source. How long before some of
>>> those Windows-esque design flaws started to manifest in GNU/Linux, and
>>> turn it into a bloated, bug-infested, encumbered, mess of Slopware? It's
>>> the ultimate sabotage strategy - destroy thine enemy from within.
>>> And just to be clear, no I don't think Microsoft has any intention of
>>> ever actually litigating. It's about control, and the power to extract
>>> revenue - even from a competitor. They rattle their sabres and the
>>> weak-minded cowards jump, sign papers, and give away their rights. As
>>> far as Microsoft is concerned GNU/Linux is just another revenue stream,
>>> ripe for exploitation. They wouldn't dare to damage that, but they'll
>>> certainly crack the whip when their pet monkeys step out of line, just
>>> like they do with their non-Linux partners.
>>> Microsoft probably anticipates that particular revenue stream drying up
>>> somewhere down the line, at which point they'll dump it like a sack of
>>> rotten potatoes. Some of us in the community would like to rescue those
>>> goods, /before/ they go rotten. Others, like Torvalds, seem naively
>>> unconcerned, perhaps even disingenuously so.
>>>> I am surprised that you would be promoting its use in *any* way, Roy.
>>> AFAICT Roy is merely warning us of an increased rate of Mono adoption,
>>> so we may be better prepared to defend against it.
>>>> Anything with Miguel de Icaza's handprints on it should be avoided
>>>> like plague. The man is not much more than a stool pigeon.
>>> De Icaza is one of the principle saboteurs. Our very own Judas.
>> To paraphrase someone who put it nicely, de Icaza is an entrepreneur looking
>> for an opportunity at Microsoft.
> It's a good thing he doesn't read this group, or he might consider suing
> everyone who's defamed his character here. Perhaps some of you should
> consider moderating your language.
I did not use any improper language (maybe others did). BTW, de Icaza posted
here some months ago.
~~ Best of wishes
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