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ZDNet: Mono & .Net: The Odd Couple

Dec 23, 2002, 23:30 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John McGrath)

"In the Brazilian martial art capoeira, it can be hard to tell if the participants are fighting or dancing. Players cooperate and compete, and spend as much energy trying to impress the crowd and one-up each other as they do in combat.

"Microsoft's earlier response to open source was less subtle and more combative. But lately it looks like the relationship is evolving into a productive balance, more dance than fight.

"Just last week Mono launched a new version of its software, based on the C# and CLI portions of .Net standard Microsoft submitted to ECMA and ISO. Microsoft published and opened just the APIs for .Net--what the software is supposed to do, not how it does it. Because .Net is a standard, both sides are able to avoid some of the pitfalls of arguing about source visibility. It is a major step forward from Microsoft's earlier stance, and it opens the door for others to build competing yet compatible implementations of the .Net API.

"And people are coming through that open door..."

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