____/ [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.
~~ Best of wishes
Roy S. Schestowitz | GPL - Global Programmer's Law
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