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By aspatton

Open Source and Microsoft

By aspatton

I’ve been knee deep in Mono for the past month or so, and I’m very impressed with its features and compatibility with Microsoft’s version. I like the idea of my C# skills being transferrable to a whole new set of operating systems, but I’m still a bit uneasy about the combination of open source with Microsoft-based technologies. While C# and the CLI are now industry-accepted standards, other core-.NET technologies like ADO.NET and ASP.NET are not. Both ADO.NET and ASP.NET have been ported to Mono, but I wonder how long Microsoft will put up with their proprietary technologies being freely used on non-Windows systems where they get no monetary reward. Maybe the number of Mono installations will never reach critical mass so it won’t be a issue, but I wonder.

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