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Re: [DotGNU]What thinks U: this Mono/DotGnu comparison

From: Bill Lance
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]What thinks U: this Mono/DotGnu comparison
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 15:00:17 -0800 (PST)

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Very interesting. I like this part.

""The other Open Source initiative, "dotGNU", is a
different kettle of fish. DotGNU is explicitly
designed to overcome
                           the potential privacy
violations in .NET. It allows for services to run
locally on a user's PC as well as remotely, so as to
                           let users keep their
personal data confidential. It is also in the process
of designing a distributed identity service called
                           "Virtual Identities" (in
contrast to the centralized Passport) which is
explicitly oriented towards protecting users'
                           personal data. DotGNU even
supports multiple IL formats, not just the one
specified by Microsoft. Certainly, dotGNU is
                           a commendable effort, both
technically and from the viewpoint of freedom.
However, it suffers from a perception
                           problem. It appears to
legitimize .NET, even though its stated purpose is to
fight it. The casual observer is easily misled
                           into thinking that .NET is
receiving support from Open Source. More importantly,
dotGNU has an unintended
                           side-effect. It weakens the
appeal of J2EE, the primary opponent to .NET. By
weakening J2EE, dotGNU is
                           strengthening the very
enemy it seeks to destroy. Often, in elections,
minority groups resort to "tactical voting" to secure
                           their interests. Rather
than vote for the candidate they like, they vote for
the candidate who is most likely to defeat the
                           one they don't like." 

What this doesn't say is that dotGNU is the only
player that has the potential of assimilating all of
the commercial domains and superceeding them.

Now, that is important.

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