During the last couple of weeks there has been a tremendous amount of information pouring about Mono, the free (speechwise) implementation of .NET started by you, Novell's vice-president of Development Platform, and how it should/would be handled by distros. We even had RMS himself come into the fray and tell us his take on it (which he had been mum about till now).
Mono is a development framework that (more or less) implements .NET (yes, that framework from Microsoft). The thing is that while some parts of .NET are open standards approved by ECMA and released under RAND terms, there has to be a solid word from Microsoft about what these RAND terms would be for Mono. The biggest fear of it is having a patent related claim later on when Mono-dependent applications become more "established" and harder to be replaced.
We have seen that when you are asked on it, you point at ECMA and when they are asked they do an HTTP redirect to Microsoft instead.. and they are just as mum as RMS was (conveniently so for them, I think.. they must be laughing their asses off by seen how we debate on the topic with them moving not a single finger).
So, coming back to the point, what we need, Miguel, is a statement from Microsoft, and I mean from someone that has gained a little confidence from the FLOSS community like Sam Ramji or Lawrence Crumpton who have at least shown their faces and stared at the beast (us) straight into the eye and not some random PR representative, telling us how the thing with Mono is.
Now you are the guy with the contacts at Microsoft, you are in charge of Mono, so just like in "The Ladykillers" (do I love that movie!) when the quarterback grabs Lump by the helmet's grill and tells him: "Hey, butt-head! You, the man!", now it's my time to tell you: You, the man! Get us out of this FUD feast (from both sides of the debate) and make them say something we can eat.
Glad to be of service