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01.09.08

Quick Mention: Windows ISV Tries to ‘Shove’ .NET into Mobile Linux Consortium

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Patents, Samsung, Windows at 1:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Remember Google's Android and Miguel de Icaza's plan to put Mono on it1?

Remember Samsung, its Mono phones, and its patent 'protection' deal with Microsoft?

If so, the following news ought to make you react.

Canadian Windows ISV helps mobile Linux effort

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OpenNETCF Consulting, which has offices in Ontario, develops products for the Windows Mobile platform and is currently in the preliminary stages of a discussion with LiMo to get Novell’s Mono Framework, the open source framework that replicates the .NET Framework, onto the Foundation’s platform.

Needless to mention, it isn’t trivial to just remove Mono packages from telephones where there is an embedded stack. And speaking of Mono, a few days ago, someone made the news having put Mono on the OLPC. What are they thinking [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33]?

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1 It is likely that no harm is meant by Miguel de Icaza, but it’s important that he realises and openly explains the [com|im]plications of his more recent work for Novell.

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4 Comments

  1. Victor Soliz said,

    January 9, 2008 at 9:47 am

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    MS is obviously on the offensive to fill Linux with MONO, even OLPC which is a point of concern, I still wonder how come there are little defensive actions against this. Linux is finally getting more attention thanks to mobile devices and OLPC and it would be a shame for MONO to ruin it by adding a .net dependency to them (which seems totally unnecessary )

  2. Lukas said,

    January 9, 2008 at 10:14 am

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    I’m not sure I follow the logic of Microsoft being behind Mono on OLPC – the article published on LinuxToday linked to some random guy’s blog who got his Mono program working on the OLPC. He’s neither involved with Microsoft nor Novell afaict.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 9, 2008 at 10:58 am

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    No, it’s not related to Novell and Microsoft and I did not make this claim either. In fact, I haven’t evened mention that item in this Web site despite the fact that I saw it several times this week. It’s only mentioned here as a ‘by the way’ comprising half a dozen words.If Mono gets feet, then it’ll get harder and harder to escape as time goes by.

  4. Lukas said,

    January 9, 2008 at 7:10 pm

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    My response was meant in response to Victor’s comment. Sorry for the confusion.

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