Well Microsoft really does develop some really interesting technology.
There is a point in your life when you realize that you have written enough destructors...
We've been using C and C++ way too much - they're nice, but they're very close to the machine and what we wanted was to empower regular users to build applications for Linux.
Our strategy in dealing with patents in Mono is the same strategy that any other software developer would take. In the event of a patent claim, we will try to find prior art to the claim of the patent.
With .NET once an API is published it's available to all programming languages at the same time.
When it comes to .NET they've done a really outstanding job.
Some scientists use TeX or LatEX but for most people Word is the thing that writers use these days.
So if we're going to build new applications that require a large time investment, like say movie editing - today that doesn't matter for the enterprise desktop, but eventually it will when we get closer to consumers - you really need to have a cross-platform story.
I believe in true love. But I am easily satisfied.
We could refresh the look and feel of the entire desktop with Moonlight
Every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else's patent.
The software patent problem is not limited to Mono. Software patents affect everyone writing software today.
Not to go too far, but Microsoft is probably used by most people out there
We cannot choose one desktop over the other - Gnome or KDE - because there's users for both code bases.
I was interested in Java the beginning, but the problem with Java is you do have to switch your platform.
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