Microsoft, Moonlight, and Open Source Software (And Novell’s Brilliance!)

“There’s been interesting news about Microsoft support for the
Novell Moonlight project this past few days. Miguel de Icaza as
community leader around Mono and Moonlight best tells the news on
his blog, and points to Scott Guthrie’s supporting blog post from
Microsoft. Tim O’Reilly points out that Microsoft will
(predictably) support open source software for competitive
advantage, in this case against Adobe. Matt Asay supports Tim with
the observation that Microsoft will use open source ‘where it’s
weak’ and chides the two companies to just consummate the

“All the Moonlight support from Microsoft is a Very Good Thing
for Moonlight and Novell, but let’s be clear: Microsoft’s
participation in Moonlight is NOT Microsoft doing open source

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