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After releasing Mono 1.0, we started work on a new edition of Mono that will be released later in the year.
 

All of our code is open source, so it can be used for other projects.
 

Every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else's patent.
 

I think that by October the whole company has to migrate to OpenOffice, and then I think it's by June next year we all migrate to Linux - you don't want to migrate 6,000 people both operating system and office suite in a single jump.
 

I was interested in Java the beginning, but the problem with Java is you do have to switch your platform.
 

I've never worked with the Java community.
 

In addition to that, Mono has produced a very large set of extra libraries.
 

In some cases we've been building tools that are specific to Linux for the desktop, and they only work on Linux, but I see two major projects that are wildly, wildly successful: Mozilla and OpenOffice, and those two programs are cross platform.
 

In the GNOME project we tried to keep the platform language independent.
 

It's strategic for us - lots of people will develop applications in .NET.
 

Not to go too far, but Microsoft is probably used by most people out there.
 

Our strategy in dealing with patents in Mono is the same strategy that any other software developer would take. In the event of a patent claim, we will try to find prior art to the claim of the patent.
 

Running the test suite like this allows us to catch problems when they are just introduced.
 

So if we're going to build new applications that require a large time investment, like say movie editing - today that doesn't matter for the enterprise desktop, but eventually it will when we get closer to consumers - you really need to have a cross-platform story.
 

Some scientists use TeX or LatEX but for most people Word is the thing that writers use these days.
 

The software patent problem is not limited to Mono. Software patents affect everyone writing software today.
 

They have a beautiful security system and we're emulating the whole security infrastructure.
 

We all love Linux, but it's also a fact that some people might not be able to migrate.
 

We cannot choose one desktop over the other - Gnome or KDE - because there's users for both code bases.
 

We have a lot of existing customers which are also considering Linux desktop migrations and rolling out some of these programs, so we're learning from them.
 


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