writes "The brawl of the century is upon us- Microsoft v/s Google. Google has just announced plans for a Google Chrome OS. It was announced in Google's Blog at :- http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html. More coverage at:- http://www.pcworld.com/article/168028/google_announces_chrome_os.html & http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10281744-2.html. What's that breaking noise I hear? Oh thats Steve Ballmer throwing *all* of his chairs out of the window :)"
writes "Tuxmachines is reporting that Microsoft has given a Community Pledge on not to sue implementations of C# on Open Platforms. The Microsoft pledge is *not* on the official Interop site (http://www.microsoft.com/interop/cp/default.mspx), but in a blog at :- http://port25.technet.com/archive/2009/07/06/the-ecma-c-and-cli-standards.aspx. Understandably, Miguel De Icaza is jumping with joy at :- http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2009/Jul-06.html. The bigger question is that does it promise not to sue customers, *if* the implementation is from Novell only? Or can any individu al implement and distribute it? Also, it seems that RMS along with the skeptical FOSS community were right with regards to the "unencumbered" nature of Mono. To quote Icaza:- "In the next few months we will be working towards splitting the jumbo Mono source code that includes ECMA + A lot more into two separate source code distributions. One will be ECMA, the other will contain our implementation of ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Winforms and others. ". So there's gonna be 2 forks of Mono/C#, one is the ECMA-compliant fork and the other is a reverse-engineered Mono fork. So, Icaza seems to agree that some portions of his pet project *was* encumbered, yet he chose to claim that it wasn't."