[linux-elitists] .NET is .PATENTED

Jeff Waugh jdub@perkypants.org
Wed Feb 12 17:49:19 PST 2003

<quote who="Aaron Lehmann">

> Probably. If the Gnome guys were smart they wouldn't be trying to
> clone Excel, Visual Basic, .NET, and Windows in general.

Excel (gnumeric): A little bit sidelined with everyone having convulsions
over OpenOffice.org, but it's far better than OOo and (in some cases) Excel.
Free Software on corporate desktops without an Excel-like spreadsheet? Good
fucking luck.

Visual Basic (gnome-basic once, now monovb or something): Never really
finished or cared about, but there are som Mono hackers working on VB.NET
parsing, etc.

.NET (mono): That'd be the "Mono" project, rather than GNOME.

Windows in general (the desktop environment, presumably): Gee, looks like
GNOME is being inspired more by OS X than Windows these days, but hey - you
can call it how you like it.

Care to share your plan for world domination with the Free Software desktop?
Care to share your blood, sweat, tears and code? Being a failure in your
eyes doesn't really count for a lot, Aaron.

- Jeff

                            "How was the opera?"                            
                     "The seats were very comfortable."                     

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