Summary: A quick news update about Mono, Xamarin, and Microsoft
THE Microsoft-serving Mono project was observed as supported by Asahi the other day. The PR says: “To further help clients know more about Mono, Asahi Technologies provides a free consultation service for firms to have a better idea on their Mono development options” (why not Java?).
“These people sure infiltrate the opposition.”One of the Mono intrusion vectors, Banshee, turns out to be quite inactive. This new interview reveals nothing promising and after Novell’s collapse Banshee was removed from Ubuntu. This did not mean the end of Mono however. The project continues to exist with more Microsoft connections than before and Xamarin is now hiring for the company, either because they got some funding from former Microsoft executives or because they lost yet more employees.
“The patent danger to Mono comes from patents we know Microsoft has, on libraries which are outside the C# spec and thus not covered by any promise not to sue. In effect, Microsoft has designed in boobytraps for us.
“Indeed, every large program implements lots of ideas that are patented. Indeed, there’s no way to avoid this danger. But that’s no reason to put our head inside Microsoft’s jaws.”