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Microsoft: Use .NET to Fight GNU/Linux, Use Patents Against Clones (Mono)

The previous post contained text that we prefer to present separately as it is important. Here is part of the presentation from Microsoft:

.NET patents



One of our readers says that the document "goes on to talk about how far they should license parts of .NET and how they will try to control clone through media formats."

Here are the accompanying notes from Microsoft. These are not intended to be viewed outside Microsoft.

* The NET framework contains the latest developer platform innovation for the future, and it must be licensed like Windows. Subsets have gone about as far as they should go in the standards bodies, but we need a compact subset for phones and TVs. It was noted that we have to be careful because once the horses are out, they are out forever. At the right royalty, we can have the discussions around technology beyond this. * Terminal services were acknowledged as having great potential; that in all that we do, if we win in the device/application class; that is all that matters; this doesn’t favor MSN, but .. * It was raised if strategically we should invest heavily in children’s software; that the entire business might not be more than a couple hundred $M - mid that we might need to heavily discount the OS as we did in Czechoslovakia. It was mentioned that we could do this, but it might not be that key. * The plan is that images, inks, and still formats will not go to Linux like some of our digital media formats will. This would mean that if someone downloaded images, it might violate patents. There was a discussion era new format where as one takes pictures, the pixel resolution compresses.


"It's a nice indicator that Microsoft is well aware of how to use mono/.NET against Linux by standardizing the base, and patenting all the "good parts"," says our reader.

"I saw that internally inside Microsoft many times when I was told to stay away from supporting Mono in public. They reserve the right to sue"

--Robert Scoble, former Microsoft evangelist



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