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    http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/20/134228

    This is rather nice of them. This shows that not only do they support Mono, but this is proof the Novell deal is working since Novell leads the Mono project and Microsoft is contractually required to help out.

    Although, could this be a new page for Microsoft?

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    Re: Microsoft works hard for Linux users to watch inauguration via Moonlight & Mono

    WHOA!

    Microsoft is required to contribute to Open Source Software?

    Whether this is a new page for Microsoft, I don't know. Time will tell what MS does with this....
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    Re: Microsoft works hard for Linux users to watch inauguration via Moonlight & Mono

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinbr View Post
    WHOA!

    Microsoft is required to contribute to Open Source Software?

    Whether this is a new page for Microsoft, I don't know. Time will tell what MS does with this....
    They are because the European Union declared them a monopoly and Microsoft doesn't want to go to court with the EU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartboyathome View Post
    They are because the European Union declared them a monopoly and Microsoft doesn't want to go to court with the EU.
    As a provision of the Microsoft-Novell deal, not only does it grant patent immunity to Novell, but it also requires Microsoft to contribute to open source projects.

    I personally declare this a small victory for cooperation between Microsoft and the Linux community. Hopefully Microsoft will look towards licensing some major products as open source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant A. View Post
    As a provision of the Microsoft-Novell deal, not only does it grant patent immunity to Novell, but it also requires Microsoft to contribute to open source projects.

    I personally declare this a small victory for cooperation between Microsoft and the Linux community. Hopefully Microsoft will look towards licensing some major products as open source.
    Yeah, if they could release the source code for the next release of Office, that would be just dandy. I know OpenOffice is good, but MS Office is better. A bit bloaty but better.
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    Re: Microsoft works hard for Linux users to watch inauguration via Moonlight & Mono

    Releasing the source of office would never happen. That's like their next most popular product after windows. It brings in so much money for microsoft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thirtysixway View Post
    Releasing the source of office would never happen. That's like their next most popular product after windows. It brings in so much money for microsoft.
    I believe I was being ironic.
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    Re: Microsoft works hard for Linux users to watch inauguration via Moonlight & Mono

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant A. View Post
    As a provision of the Microsoft-Novell deal, not only does it grant patent immunity to Novell, but it also requires Microsoft to contribute to open source projects.

    I personally declare this a small victory for cooperation between Microsoft and the Linux community. Hopefully Microsoft will look towards licensing some major products as open source.
    Novell do not have patent immunity from Microsoft, nor vice versa.

    Novell/MS customers do. It's an important distinction, as it still means Novell can sue MS for patent infringement (and vice versa) should they want to
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    Re: Microsoft works hard for Linux users to watch inauguration via Moonlight & Mono

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant A. View Post
    http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/20/134228

    This is rather nice of them. This shows that not only do they support Mono, but this is proof the Novell deal is working since Novell leads the Mono project and Microsoft is contractually required to help out.

    Although, could this be a new page for Microsoft?
    The MS/Novell deal is for interoperability and virtualization. Mono is not specified in there and Microsoft has not helped as much with Mono as it has with Moonlight. While Moonlight is based on Mono it isn't the same thing as Mono.

    The Patent protection (or "I promise not to sue if you promise not to sue") is for customers and (individual) developers of Novell products (which is the way Mono and Moonlight developers are protected, though Mono and Moonlight themselves are not).

    Honestly, I don't think MS really gives a darn about the EU calling it a Monopoly. Looks like a stuffy group trying to "stick it to the man" than anything else.
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    Re: Microsoft works hard for Linux users to watch inauguration via Moonlight & Mono

    No x86_64bit Ubuntu support though.

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