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InfoWorld: Microsoft's bait and switch

Jul 28, 2001, 13:00 (69 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

Mono, argues this column, will likely prove to be a "covenant with death," and Microsoft's participation in the project "a bait-and-switch scheme to finally wipe out the threat of open source":

"There's talk about alternative technologies to Passport, but technology is not the issue. Unless some entrepreneur creates a company to kill off Passport with a cheaper, better service, Mono will be a covenant with death. If Ximian encourages open-source developers to write e-commerce applications that access Passport, it actually hands Microsoft the key to killing off open-source e-commerce once and for all. Once Passport has a foothold, Microsoft can update Passport and the .NET run-time environment to break all those e-commerce applications built with Mono."

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