Recently RMS (Richard M Stallman) came out of his man-cave to voice his concern over Debian’s inclusion of Mono in its latest release. (Read the article here.) The gist of what RMS is saying is that the Linux community needs to be concerned because including this free implementation of the C# language could have a backlash when Microsoft forces their hand with C# patents. Microsoft, after all, did create the C# language for the .NET framework. And we all know that when MS creates something they seem to own it and everything surrounding it. This, naturally, leads me to wonder…how can the Linux developer community react to this possible conclusion?Let’s think about this with respect to languages and operating systems. The key period I want to point out is 1969-1973. During that period the C language was created at the Bell labs where, at the same time, UNIX was being developed. These two went hand in hand. And then, in 1983, Bjarne Stroustrup developed C++ for the UNIX operating system. Many thousands of Windows applications today are still written with the help of either C or C++. Note that Microsoft had nothing to do with the development of either one… Read full this story
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