[Mono-dev] crn.com: »Sources: Microsoft In Talks To Acquire Mobile App Development Startup Xamarin«

Brandon Perry bperry.volatile at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 12:54:19 UTC 2014

You are assuming they are buying Xamarin.

The article says heavily investing as well, and given the track records of
companies that have bought the company working (Novell -> Attachmate for
instance) on Mono, I wouldn't expect Miguel would go through that again
(but really who knows, that is totally speculation and I think Nat has as
much say in it as anyone).

I would love to see microsoft heavily invest in Xamarin. I would hate for
MS to acquire it.

On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 5:34 AM, theUser BL <theuserbl at hotmail.com> wrote:

> > Yeah, maybe I panicked a little. Still, I think it would be a bad
> > thing for mono (in free software terms),
> Depends on, how Microsoft plans the future.
> I see three possibilities after acquiring Xamarin :
> 1. Letting Xamarin still an independent part. And so working on Mono _and_
> .NET.
> But I think, that makes no sence for Microsoft. Working on two different
> implementations of the same API. And on two C#-Compilers, where only the
> license differs.
> 2. Stop developing on Mono and only working on its non-OpenSource .NET
> In this case, Microsoft would lost his last good reputation in the
> OpenSource .NET community.
> 3. Merge the Mono and .NET development and bring it out under the same
> license as Mono.
> In this case, Microsoft wins fans in the OpenSource-community. It would
> show, that the new CEO goes an other direction, then Ballmer.
> And Microsoft losts nothing. Currently the source of  .NET is published
> http://referencesource.microsoft.com/
> but under an license, where you have only the right to look at it, but not
> to change it.
> With this step Microsoft would going an similar way like Java.
> The first times existing Suns Java and a lot of Virtual Machines with GNU
> Classpath. And GNU Classpath and Sun Java classes wasn't nearly 100%
> compatible.
> But with OpenJDK, the used free JVM is that of OpenJDK. Because
> OpenJDK/IcedTea and Oracles JDK are in over 90% the same source code, they
> are really more compatible, then Suns Java nd GNU Classpath ever where.
> Greatings
> theuserbl
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