Every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else's patent.
I was interested in Java the beginning, but the problem with Java is you do have to switch your platform.
Our strategy in dealing with patents in Mono is the same strategy that any other software developer would take. In the event of a patent claim, we will try to find prior art to the claim of the patent.
I've never worked with the Java community.
Some scientists use TeX or LatEX but for most people Word is the thing that writers use these days.
We all love Linux, but it's also a fact that some people might not be able to migrate.
After releasing Mono 1.0, we started work on a new edition of Mono that will be released later in the year.
The software patent problem is not limited to Mono. Software patents affect everyone writing software today.
Well Microsoft really does develop some really interesting technology.
When it comes to .NET they've done a really outstanding job.
I think that by October the whole company has to migrate to OpenOffice, and then I think it's by June next year we all migrate to Linux - you don't want to migrate 6,000 people both operating system and office suite in a single jump.
We've been using C and C++ way too much - they're nice, but they're very close to the machine and what we wanted was to empower regular users to build applications for Linux.
In addition to that, Mono has produced a very large set of extra libraries.
It's strategic for us - lots of people will develop applications in .NET.
Not to go too far, but Microsoft is probably used by most people out there.
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