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Daily Dose - De Icaza Interview About .Net Taken Down

03.26.2010
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In an article titled "Does Windows cost Microsoft opportunities" by the SD Times, Novell VP and Mono Project lead Miguel de Icaza had some strong opinions about Microsoft's handling of the .NET platform.  For reasons unknown, the article has been taken down but is still available on Google's cache.  Here were some of the criticisms de Icaza had:  "Unlike the Java world that is blossoming with dozens of vibrant Java Virtual Machine implementations, the .NET world has suffered by this meme spread by [Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer] that they would come after people that do not license patents from them.  Microsoft has shot the .NET ecosystem in the foot because of the constant threat of patent infringement that it has cast on the system."  de Icaza is a well known open source developer and advocate.  He is also a co-founder of the GNOME desktop project.  de Icaza said that having Mono as the only implementation of the common language infrastructure was proof of the legal wariness surrounding .NET.  Facebook, Google, Ruby on Rails, and Wikipedia could all have been built using .NET, he said.  All of those were missed opportunities, said de Icaza.  Although some parts of .NET were submitted to ECMA and are now royalty-free, de Icaza says that it never went into other areas like APIs, GUI APIs, LINQ, or DLR.  Guess we can't call him a Microsoft apologist any more.

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