My good friend and longtime colleague Laurence Rozier has been bitten by the Microsoft .NET bug. I'd say he's swallowed the Kool-Aid but that's probably a bit of an overstatement.
He is, however, quite taken with the Shared Source aspects of the .NET strategy as discussed in two key O'Reilly site pieces:
Color me skeptical. I haven't seen the license yet and I certainly don't begrudge MS the right to keep proprietary things like high-speed memory management and other differentiating tools. But their take on how they "legitimately" extended Kerberos is absolute crap as far as I can tell.
I don't see .NET being important for at least 18 months. And in the meanwhile, I'm going to stay with Python. If and when Python has a .NET version and I need to interoperate with .NET stuff, I'll go figure it out. Meanwhile, I'm tired of the bleeding edge. Too many (C)sharp objects out there!
(BTW and FWIW, I think Ximian co-founder and CTO Miguel de Icaza's take on the MS decision to support FreeBSD rather than Linux is right on.)
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