The cross platform and open .Net myth
Slashdot had a rather boring thread about a great question: Is Microsoft just waiting for the right time to pounce on .Net ports like Mono and DotGNU? I think they are. They won't do it right now because those ports aren't quite up to snuff. But, now that Novell owns the company that started Mono (Ximian), I think Mono development will be accelerated and Microsoft will be forced to do the inevitable: Kill the competition with any means necessary. This time the weapon of choice will be patents. (Ironic, considering last week's browser plug-in fiasco.) I wouldn't touch .Net with a ten foot pole for cross platform development. Until the ports of .Net have Microsoft's blessing, you're treading on very dangerous water.
Posted on 09/15/03 - Category: Technology

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