[kwlug-disc] Microsoft .NET Micro Open Sourced ...

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 17 16:37:51 EST 2009

Regardless of whatever purpose MS may have, it is clear that slowly they are getting past the laughing and fighting.

FLOSS is far from wining but the perspective is better every time.

Personally I think that they don't care about this technology. They found it useless so they are giving it away.

They may not realize that creative hackers can make something useful out of it. They also know that many FLOSS people won't touch it just because the MS involvement.

The important lesson here is: If FLOSS were irrelevant and a non factor, they could have very well let the platform die. Let's say that they found a recycle bin that wins them some good will.

Raul Suarez

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--- On Tue, 11/17/09, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> From: Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Microsoft .NET Micro Open Sourced ...
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 2:29 PM
> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM, unsolicited
> <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
> wrote:
> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 11/16/2009 8:41 PM:
> Another surprise from Microsoft: they made .NET Micro open
> source under the Apache license.
> If I understand you correctly, anyone can thus put a .net
> interpreter on their mobile (or any other?) device without
> licensing fees to MS.
> I think so.
> Does .net content have a significant presence in the mobile
> market / content, or only on Windows Mobile devices?
> I think that is the idea: regardless of whether it is
> popular or not now, they want more adoption of it, and hate
> the fact that Java is dominant on the mobile phone. They are
> perhaps pandering to the .NET developers and saying
> "You already know it on the desktop, use it for mobile
> devices too".
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