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Worthington says De Icaza told the publication that .NET's focus on Windows had come at the expense of opportunities for Microsoft, and that its desire to guard its intellectual property was an impediment on the platform.
The Novell vice-president was quoted as saying: "Unlike the Java world that is blossoming with dozens of vibrant Java Virtual Machine implementations, the .NET world has suffered by this meme spread by [Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer] that they would come after people that do not license patents from them."
De Icaza told SD Times that the fact Mono was the sole implementation of the common language infrastructure was testament to the legal uncertainty surrounding some aspects of .NET due to the Redmond-based company's statements about open source software.
He also claimed that Facebook, Google, Ruby on Rails and Wikipedia could have been built using .NET.
"All of those are failed opportunities. Even if the cross-language story was great, the Web integration fantastic, the architecture was the right one to fit whatever flavor of a platform you wanted, people flocked elsewhere," he was quoted as saying.
Some parts of .NET have been submitted to ECMA and are said to be available on a royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory licence from Microsoft but De Icaza claimed this submission had remained at a "core level."
"It never went into other areas like server APIs, GUI APIs, or even updating some of the core to include LINQ, the DLR and many others," he was quoted as saying.