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The Mono Mystery That Wasn't

Mar 26, 2010, 15:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"At first, the rumors seemed irresistible. Miguel de Icaza, the creator of Mono, the GNU/Linux implementation of .NET, was saying what free software critics have been saying for years: the spread of .NET has been handicapped by Microsoft's restrictive patent policies.

"Then, mysteriously, the SD Times story in which de Icaza is quoted disappeared from the Internet, preserved only in Google's cache. After years of supporting .NET, de Icaza himself now seems the victim of the conspiracy to ensure that anti-.NET or anti-Mono stories are censored -- or, just as likely, the victim of his own rashness.

"The trouble is, none of this story is true. Or, rather, to be exact, the article has not disappeared, and de Icaza's comments are accurate, but have been taken so wildly out of context that their intent has been lost."

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