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Software Uncovered.com: Unthinkable Happens Between Microsoft and Open Source

Jul 16, 2001, 20:24 (71 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Myddrin for this link. ]

There's not enough here for firm conclusions, but this brief article says Microsoft "would provide technical assistance to Ximian Inc in its work on the Mono Project." Ximian couldn't be reached for comment, and the "would" probably ought to be read as "is willing to," as opposed to "will":

"...Microsoft told ComputerWire it would provide technical assistance to Ximian Inc in its work on the Mono Project, to develop a version of .NET for Linux and Unix using open source development. Boston, Massachusetts-based Ximian announced the Mono Project last week.

David Stutz, group program manager for the shared source implementation of Microsoft's Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) told ComputerWire: "We have talked informally with Ximian, and will determine with Ximian whether technical assistance would be appropriate." Ximian was unable to be contacted.

Stutz said that Microsoft supports Ximian's work, which he called a "testament to the openness and viability" of the .NET platform. He said that Ximian's work potentially gives developers a choice of .NET platforms - Microsoft or Mono."

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