Here is what Slated has said about Novell/Mono/GNOME:
They are part of the problem, not the solution. It’s like trying to convince the emperor that he has no clothes.
Gnome’s (and Novell’s) indiscretions are painfully transparent, but they are in denial because of their commitment to their new “tailors” Microsoft. In reality, they’re just being stitched-up. When this is allover, I’m sure everyone involved in this scandal will be humiliated.
Mind the context.