"If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Microsoft has a
lot to be happy about. Although sceptics panned the .NET framework
as the company's way of owning the emerging field of Web services,
years of developer hand-holding and executive 'education' have
helped it become well accepted.
"In fact, developers like .NET so much that several hundred of
them have spent much of the past three years cloning it. Called to
action by the initiative of developer Miguel de Icaza in 2001,
their efforts to replicate .NET's functionality became reality this
year with the 1.0 launch of Mono..."