Are there future risks in making Mac L4 Mono (.NET) based?

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Thinking | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, May 31 2010 5:15 AM

The Mac L4 is based on .NET/Mono. Mono is open source from Novell and there are cross licenses with Microsoft.

1. There is some concern that the cross platform license was only for 5 years with no future guarantees of continued licensing from Microsoft.

2. Furthermore, some have expressed concern about Novell's market slide and current search for a buyer. Will Mono continue to be supported?

Are any of these concerns justified?

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Mike S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 31 2010 5:43 AM

Yes.

Are concerns justified for using .NET on Windows? Yes too, just not as much risk.

1. Continued Mono: Not soo much; It is to MS's benefit that they have a cross-platform VM. It increases the "stickiness" of Windows/.NET. (could write volumes here) 

2. Support: Definitely a concern, but not much IMHO. 

Fact is, things change. If you're looking for a sure thing, old fashioned books are still the closest... even then there's plenty of risk (they easily get lost, spill drinks, pages are fragile, etc.). 

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