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Wake Up Already, GNOME, Please Wake Up

Posted in Deception, GNOME, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Patents at 10:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

That whole Mono entanglement [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33] seems to be getting worse all the time, but almost nobody cares to notice. GNOME developers think we are harsh and try to shoot the messenger, but all we are trying to do is help by drawing attention to the problem. It won’t go away if you ignore it.

Inspired by something in BoycottNovell, Beranger.org (formerly Beranger on GNOME) summarises the latest issue fairly well:

Soon, it will be IMPOSSIBLE to “unMonofy” your GNOME, as once you will get rid of Tomboy, F-Spot, Beagle, Banshee, Muine, Telepathy, whatever, you won’t be able to remove Mono, as it will be required as a GNOME system library!

Yesterday, before the analysis from Beranger.org, we passed evidence on to a knowledgeable figure arguing that Jeff Waugh had promised this would not happen. We received the following response:

Can you send a link to a public page where Waugh makes that assurance? If so, I can try to make sure it gets some mileage.

It’s one thing I never learned as a kid and have no idea how to go about trying: how do deal with bull*****ers like Waugh, who even as they are speaking you know they are lying or have no intent of following through but courtesy and protocol otherwise require accepting the statements at face value.

One solution is to nip the mono and excise all MS tech from GNOME. A second, in parallel, is to low-key, calmly and quietly insist on KDE and Fluxbox, especially in popular distros like Ubuntu and Fedora.

For context, see this thread in the GNOME Foundation’s mailing list. This long discussion was started by Richard Stallman, who happened to be aware of our work. Therein you’ll find claims that GNOME does not depend on Mono. Jeff made that claim repeatedly in this site, but it would take some digging to find several individual examples because he left about a hundred comments.

“GNOME is apparently becoming Mono-dependent, which is a shame.”Our contact later added: “If you come across anything showing the discrepancy between word and deed, that would be very useful.”

It is, by this stage, becoming clearer that Jeff Waugh’s promise was not trustworthy. GNOME is apparently becoming Mono-dependent, which is a shame. We saw that coming.

Remember that Mono is a Novell project and only Novell customers receive so-called 'protection' for the use Mono (due to expire in January 2012). Need we even start to wonder again why the ‘Novell part’ part of the GNOME Foundation supports OOXML and even helps it? Remember that Microsoft pays Novell to support OOXML. So, Novell seems to have resorted to fear as a strategy for selling itself and it’s poisoning GNOME for everybody else who uses it. The image below is a depiction of Novell. Please address this problem before it becomes truly irreversible.

Unless our assertion is wrong, we deserve some apologies from various people, including Jeff, for smears claiming that we were wrong.

A bad penguin -- Novell

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  1. Jeff Waugh said,

    February 1, 2008 at 9:42 am


    Yes, your assertion is wrong. You and your reference clearly have no solid technical understanding of the GNOME project, or the sense to actually do research. Stated before and stated often.

    But instead of fixing the problem, you’re resorting to personal attribution to try to make a point (at no point did I make any kind of promise about projects I do not control — what a preposterous notion and mistruth!).

    Have you considered that informed research and dissemination of actual truths might make your points better? The answer still appears to be “no”.

    Go away, Roy.

  2. Jeff Waugh said,

    February 1, 2008 at 9:44 am


    There is no “Novell part” of the GNOME Foundation, and the GNOME Foundation does not “support” or endorse OOXML. Again, more mistruths on Boycott Novell to raise fear, uncertainty and doubt about Free Software projects and participants.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 10:48 am


    Go away, Roy.

    As a part-time GNOME user with history as a developer with GTK, I wish not to go away but to make the problem go away.

    There is no “Novell part” of the GNOME Foundation

    Yes, there is. The two intersect. People have dual commitments. GNOME’s president for many years was also a vice president at Novell, for starters.

    You’ll have to give more convincing answers, Jeff.

  4. Ross said,

    February 1, 2008 at 11:25 am


    Wow, massive misunderstanding here.

    GNOME 2.22 added libndesk-dbus as an external dependency, for use by *Mono applications*. Note *Mono applications*. If you don’t build any Mono applications, then you don’t need libdesk-dbus. libndesk-dbus is useless if you don’t use Mono, because its 100% Mono code. Thats the entire point of libndesk-dbus: it is a pure-Mono implementation of the DBus protocol — just like libdbus is a pure-C implemention of the DBus protocol — and makes using DBus easier and simplier in Mono applications.

  5. Béranger said,

    February 1, 2008 at 11:48 am


    This is valid for GNOME 2.22, which is almost here. But what we will have in 6 months from now? In 12 months?

    Generally speaking, why should we believe that you’re at the same time:

    (1) so very much interested in providing all the back-ends integration for all the possible Mono apps (Tapioca, Landell, VMX Manager, LAT, Babuine, Chatter, Novell Banter, whetever);

    (2) so very scrupulous to maintain GNOME’s independence of Mono?

    At some point, a small dependency will make the whole GNOME dependent of Mono! The question is not “IF”, but “WHEN”!

    If you wanted to keep GNOME free of reimplementations of Microsoft technologies, you would have developed your Gtk# apps *outside* of the GNOME Project, not *inside*!

    BTW, if you wanted to say that all the stuff like NotifySharp, gnome-keyring-sharp, etc. are to be only used with C# apps and under no circumstances would the regular C-based libraries be jeopardized, you could have used “WRAPPER” instead of “REPLACEMENT” in your GUADEC presentation.

    Why don’t you reimplement the whole GNOME environment as a separate project instead of screwing GNOME?

  6. Béranger said,

    February 1, 2008 at 11:50 am


    CORRECTION to “Why don’t you reimplement the whole GNOME environment as a separate project instead of screwing GNOME?”

    It was about a reimplementation in Mono, obviously. You could call it Monome.

  7. Ross said,

    February 1, 2008 at 11:55 am


    I’m not sure who the “you” you are referring to. They appear to be very powerful, not only can they write Alp’s slides, but they also are reimplementing GNOME.

    You may have noticed that GNOME is an inclusive project, any project with some relation to GNOME is allowed to use the GNOME svn server, bugzilla, etc. Just because a project has files on the GNOME svn server doesn’t make it an official GNOME project. The GNOME Desktop and Platform module sets clearly state what is “officially” GNOME. The Mono apps you dislike so much all use gtk#, so have a reason to use the GNOME resources.

    libndesk-dbus isn’t a wrapper, libhal-sharp isn’t a wrapper, NotifySharp isn’t a wrapper. gnome-keyring-sharp isn’t a wrapper. The entire point is that they are *not* wrappers. There are existing C# wrappers for the C libraries and they prove to be tricky to integrate and maintain, thus it is easier to write C# ones.

    I’ll re-iterate my point again. The C# implementations of these utility libraries are 100% entirely totally useless outside of a C# application. Really, this is such a non-issue its amazing.

  8. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 12:07 pm


    Ross, I think you guys are very good — should we say — at escaping trivialities. You’re avoiding a very key issue which is the fact that C# development in GNOME is increasingly encouraged. And what about Moonlight? Tell me. I won’t use it. What will Microsoft say? “Silverlight has Linux ‘support’”. Why? Because Novell, Microsoft’s own protege for the GPL, has something half-baked? Because Miguel has attended Microsoft events and he does little favours for them (and no, the OOXML debate isn’t over)?

    Saying that GNOME does not depend on Mono is becoming somewhat similar to saying you don’t depend on water because you are not thirsty at the moment. Tell me something: do you reckon that Yahoo will feature Silverlight everywhere, just like microsoft.com is intended to be? Don’t have your head buried in the sand. I, for one, know what is going on. Your spin won’t stop this.

  9. Ross said,

    February 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm


    “C# development in GNOME is increasingly encouraged”. By Miguel and other — gasp — C# users, yes. You’ll notice that Miguel doesn’t control GNOME.

  10. Béranger said,

    February 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm


    > any project with some relation to GNOME is allowed to use the GNOME svn server

    Really? I can’t see Anjuta there.

    Let me tell you how things work with you, the new generation of GNOME guys:

    – Atomix was born in 2001 or earlier. It was proposed to enter as an official GNOME game for GNOME 2.13.2 (see http://www.osnews.com/thread?61146, http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-91334.html, http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/teams/releng/2.13.2/gnome-2.13.2.modules). Instead, it was *refused*, and in the meantime the page that existed at http://www.gnome.org/projects/atomix was removed!

    – Anjuta was born in 2000. We’re now in 2008 and there are still discussions on whether it should be part of the GNOME project or not.

    – Mono was born… oh, no. You know better.

    > The Mono apps you dislike so much all use gtk#, so have a reason to use the GNOME resources.

    No, they don’t. Gtk# is not part of GNOME, and its homepage is at the Mono Project: http://www.mono-project.com/GtkSharp

  11. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm


    By Miguel and other — gasp — C# users, yes. You’ll notice that Miguel doesn’t control GNOME.

    Brilliant. The anarchy that comes from .NET developers taking over GNU/Linux (or at least a desktop environment) and bending it to suit their own conveniences, regardless of the needs of many users, some of whom know nothing about Mono and patents (they just use it obliviously). What will be the future?

  12. Victor Soliz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 5:33 pm


    I think that something no one (I hope) can deny is that gnome’s default applications dependant on MONO are increasing. The mere fact that they exist is a point of concern to me, cause for a project like gnome (free open software that has no distribution issues since there are packagers interested in gnome everywhere), relying on an unnecessary, yet risky technology for main apps does not make any sense.

    Right now it looks like although you don’t need MONO to run gnome, you need MONO to use gnome to its full default capabilities, and this looks as harmful to me.

  13. Jeff Waugh said,

    February 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm


    Victor: This is not the case, no matter what the technically inept and misinformed reporters at this site would wish you to believe.

    Sure, there are plenty of applications coming out that have been written in C#, with Mono’s GTK+/GNOME bindings. Similarly, there are plenty of applications being written in Python with its GTK+/GNOME bindings. Developers hack with what they like and know. That’s not surprising at all.

    There is only one Mono-based application included in the regular GNOME release: Tomboy. This has been the case for a few releases now. Nothing has changed on that front, nor on the “repeated, misinformed reporting from Boycott Novell” front. :-)

    And, as has always been the case, you can fully use GNOME (as released by upstream) without Mono installed at all. While some distributions might wedge Mono stuff into their system utilities, certainly Ubuntu and Fedora do not. So on popular, modern distros, you can also remove Mono completely and continue to use GNOME without interruption.

    Those who say otherwise are either lying to you, are fundamentally misinformed, unable to do their own research, or have no interest in admitting that their bizarre claims are in fact wrong. :-)

    If Roy prefers to cite irrelevancies (that have already been very clearly dealt with) such as “Miguel was the GNOME Foundation president” instead of actually doing useful research, then his readers suffer for it. I’ve tried to help in many different ways and on many occasions, but ultimately only Roy can fix his problem with truth and paranoia.

  14. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 7:47 pm


    If Roy prefers to cite irrelevancies (that have already been very clearly dealt with) such as “Miguel was the GNOME Foundation president”

    Since when is presidency a case of irrelevance? Since you called Miguel an embarrassment (or something along those lines)? For all I can tell, I can trust your word as much as some others in GNOME do. Last month, in this Web site, Rodney Dawes said:

    Jeff. Please. You aren’t GNOME. You’re just one of the “people” in it. Plenty of people appreciate my commentary. While you aren’t one of them, please do not go slandering like you are speaking for the entire community. There are just as many people who don’t appreciate your input, output, or anything else about you either.

    But whatever. You know the truth. Those who see short, fall far. But have fun trying to mock me some more. I’m sure your insults will be very professional and appear in other blog comments across the internet as well.”

    Had it came from an anonymous poster. I’d ignore, but it seems to me like I ought to take your word with a grain of salt. Two separate people independently advised me to.

    So on popular, modern distros, you can also remove Mono completely and continue to use GNOME without interruption.

    IIRC, in Windows 98, it was still somehow possible to remove Internet Explorer. How many people did this?

  15. Jeff Waugh said,

    February 1, 2008 at 9:55 pm


    The situation regarding Miguel’s presidency has already been explained, and is clearly irrelevant to the activities of the GNOME Foundation. You keep bringing it up in order to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt, rather than represent any kind of useful information or truth of the situation.

    I’m not concerned about what Rodney says about me. I am entirely comfortable with my position in GNOME, and the respect that I have earned among a very broad majority of members of the project. Those who work in public roles get a lot of crap from time to time, and I’m used to it.

    Finally, you compare GNOME/Mono with Windows/IE, which demonstrates your inability to understand the technology, or embrace the facts of the matter. I really do wish you’d grow up and stop promoting such divisive misinformation and crap.

  16. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 10:23 pm


    The analogy wasn’t intended to be a perfect one, but the fact remains that with IE delivered as part of the O/S, it gained enough market share to make a proprietary WWW you cannot enter without IE. Enter Silverlight… errr… I mean Moonlight (Mono).

  17. Woods said,

    February 4, 2008 at 1:25 am


    >I’ll re-iterate my point again. The C# implementations of these utility >libraries are 100% entirely totally useless outside of a C# application. >Really, this is such a non-issue its amazing.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t the whole point of eg. libbeagle to offer a C/Python API to a C# application (Beagle)?

    Granted, it is only a single C library to a single Mono application but it raises a nasty spectre of a future where core Gnome components would be written with Mono and a small C-lib would be provided for legacy apps/libs.

  18. Béranger said,

    February 4, 2008 at 5:01 am


    Have you noticed this?

  19. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 4, 2008 at 5:21 am


    I haven’t seen this yet, thanks for pointing that out.

    The direction of this concerns the mind. Let’s see how long for de Icaza can claim that this infatuation with Mono is nothing to worry about ( http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/6232/1/ ).I hope that I’m wrong and that GNOME will never become MONOME. At the moment, most people receive Mono _out of the box_. They actually have to actively remove it if they do not want it (kind of like Windows Media Player in Windows).

  20. Victor Soliz said,

    February 4, 2008 at 7:26 am


    That linuxplanet article is one for laughs and tears.”Some dislike the fact that Java isn’t capable of integrating with a system’s GUI” . I think windows.forms is much worse than swing in the aspect that it is not even safe from ECMA patent cloak, can’t just bind GTK to Java, I know QT is binded to Java alread.

    But the jewel here is:

    All politics aside, there are some who just want to use what they consider the best technology to do the job.

    An MS-technology/patents dependent framework is NOT the best tool for the job when the job is to make open source applications for the default gnome desktop.

  21. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 4, 2008 at 7:41 am


    I suspect this article from Linux Planet had its headline changed recently. Let me check quickly.

    Yes, indeed. I’ve just checked the links in here and it’s pretty safe to say that a few weeks/months ago, Miguel or somebody else from GNOME told the editors to change the headline (maybe the body as well) of this article. It used to say something about GNOME being rewritten in Mono. At the time, RMS was very concerned about this article. He proceeded to asking Miguel to explain his motives, IIRC. There was also a clarification (damage control) in LinuxToday. I’d have to check the details and research this better when time permits it. It’s intent and deed combined that will give us some answers.

    To quote an E-mail I received on Saturday:

    [about friendly acquaintances with de Icaza:]

    Don’t confuse words with deeds, especially claimed intent. How familiar are you with “Coyote” legends, from your part of the country more or less? Or known ‘kind’ people who manage to turn everything around them to shit?


    Again to dismiss or minimize the problem by framing it as one of emotions furthers the harm. If you mean that the anger is caused by Miguel’s and Bruce’s [Lowry] apparent efforts to subvert, block or undermine FOSS, then that’s correct. But it might be more accurate to address the problem behavior itself – the undermining and subversion.

    To single out Miguel, perhaps he really is so tarded, dumb or naive, that he thinks FOSS will somehow come out ahead by copying M$ broken, proprietary gimmicks into their systems without written assurances of approval. But at the end of the day it matters not what he thinks, besides we cannot know what he thinks. We can only see the results of his actions and these have been consistently bad. c.f. recent debate over backing MOOX.

  22. Rodney Dawes said,

    February 27, 2008 at 12:53 pm


    I’m not concerned about what Rodney says about me. I am entirely comfortable with my position in GNOME, and the respect that I have earned among a very broad majority of members of the project. Those who work in public roles get a lot of crap from time to time, and I’m used to it.

    Yes. I’m quite used to get plenty crap as well, especially from you.

    I wouldn’t exactly say that you’ve earned respect, though, so much as created a facade of it.
    You came in with the premise of being the face of GNOME, rather than working up to it. You came in and took advantage of the fact that we didn’t have marketing or publicity, setting yourself up to be in the position you wanted to be in. Ever since you “joined” this community, you have done nothing for me, but provide mockery and insult. Your attitude and behavior leave much to be desired in the way of professionalism. Being in your position is nothing more to you than a tick on your resume.

    Please stop speaking about me in blog comments. It is rather unbecoming of your position.

    As far as I’m concerned, you and Roy are both on the same level.

  23. CHrisophorus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 1:13 pm


    I’ve never see more fearmongering, mudslinging and FUD than on this very website.

    It’s a shame that it is the website of a so-called ‘free-software-evangelist’. If asked whether I would rather be forced to spend an hour with Steve Ballmer of with Roy Schestowitz I’d have think about it for a very long time.

  24. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 27, 2008 at 1:16 pm


    It is rather insane that you strive to compare one who fights the abuses against Free software to one which makes those abuses. You know, just saying how Microsoft’s FUD gets generated (and why) does not make it FUD. It’s supposed to help people avoid and defeat those maneuvers.

  25. CHrisophorus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 1:29 pm


    Aims never justified the means.

    Your methods are just as ugly as Steve Ballmer’s.

  26. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm


    How did you end up comparing me to a madman like this… only Gawd knows…

    This argument is hopeless.

  27. Rodney Dawes said,

    February 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm


    You know, just saying how Microsoft’s FUD gets generated (and why) does not make it FUD.

    It is FUD when you have no idea what the hell you’re talking about. You don’t work at either Microsoft or Novell (or do you?). You aren’t a lawyer. You don’t choose the direction of either company. As far as I can tell, all you do is sit on your ass and post crap to forums and web sites all day long. You don’t know what is and isn’t FUD with regards to Mono, Microsoft, Novell, or anything else. That’s the entire point of FUD. All you’re doing is buying into it, because you are full of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t have this web site up to post your trash on. You would be confident and knowing of what was happening, and that things would end in a good way. Instead, here you are, revelling in the FUD.

  28. CHrisophorus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm


    Hear, hear! Well-said.

  29. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 27, 2008 at 9:40 pm



    Prior to joining this site (a couple of weeks after the Novell deal) I realised that I was looking at the wrong problems by advocating GNU/Linux for years. When someone walks around offering bounties on Linux’s head and bribing diplomats, then clearly it’s important to put a stop to it. Things are more complex they you wish for them to be. Microsoft will never let Linux just win based on technical merits. It plays hardball. It cheats. Just look back at the OS/2 days. Microsoft continues to use the same tactics (if not much worse) and it’s worth attention so that it can be combated effectively.

    Lastly, to use an analogy. If you always just praise a young person for everything, he or she might never improve. It’s by pointing out problems that things will improve. Just because I’m pointing out the problems doesn’t mean I make them. At least I don’t find endless problems in actual GNU/Linux distributions and publicizing them like Beranger does. I think /that’s/ damaging because it can be used against us.

  30. CHrisophorus said,

    February 28, 2008 at 7:44 am


    Roy, let me assure you that Linux is well capable of making her own decisions, she doesn’t need the tutelage of a strange young man. …please, get a girlfriend, a boyfriend or whatever.

    All your website does is undermining Linux users’ reputation. Not all of us are wearing tinfoil hats.

  31. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 28, 2008 at 8:42 am


    You know, just pointing things out does not make the observer malicious. I post here information that others are shy to post or haven’t access to. If you think something here harms Linux users’ reputation, please provide examples.

    Pursuit for truth and liability for crimes/corruption shouldn’t harm anyone’s reputation, apart from those who carry guilt. A person who ‘dares’ to report abuse, misuse or misconduct is bound to become a victim of personal attacks and smear campaigns, but whose word you trust is a separate matter altogether.

  32. CoolGuy said,

    February 28, 2008 at 11:03 am


    I know Roy is right on this…

    I have seen a lot of smooth talking assholes who end up back stabbing you one day for their own personal gains.

    Talking nice things and acting in a way that totally undermines ones reputation. I rather be with a person who will tell the right thing and act in the right way even if it sounds bad.

    My 2 cents.

    Icaza and Jeff are going down the wrong road. They way they are acting is damaging gnome and foss in the long run.

  33. Michael Moore said,

    February 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm


    I think some of your writing is on track, other articles tend to lean towards the stuff I do. Which is total propaganda! Watch out what your report and that it does not lean to heavily

  34. Edgar F. Hilton said,

    March 7, 2008 at 10:02 am


    I did a simple query in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10:

    >>> apt-get remove –purge `dpkg -l | grep mono | awk ‘{print $2}’`

    The list of items that was removed was impressive:

    f-spot* gnome-rdp* libart2.0-cil* libgconf2.0-cil* libglade2.0-cil* libglib2.0-cil* libgmime2.2-cil* libgnome-vfs2.0-cil* libgnome2.0-cil* libgtk2.0-cil* libgtkhtml2.0-cil* libmono-cairo1.0-cil* libmono-corlib1.0-cil* libmono-corlib2.0-cil* libmono-data-tds1.0-cil*
    libmono-data-tds2.0-cil* libmono-security1.0-cil* libmono-security2.0-cil* libmono-sharpzip0.84-cil* libmono-sharpzip2.84-cil* libmono-sqlite1.0-cil* libmono-sqlite2.0-cil* libmono-system-data1.0-cil* libmono-system-data2.0-cil* libmono-system-web1.0-cil*
    libmono-system-web2.0-cil* libmono-system1.0-cil* libmono-system2.0-cil* libmono0* libmono1.0-cil* libmono2.0-cil* libndesk-dbus-glib1.0-cil* libndesk-dbus1.0-cil* librsvg2.0-cil* libvte2.0-cil* mono-common* mono-gac* mono-jit* mono-runtime* tomboy

    Out of all these, I’ve noticed that Ubuntu has made a big deal about f-spot and tomboy. I personally am not happy about that, as I think this is a dangerous path to follow. However, I am not detecting much dependency of GNOME on mono as of this time as far as this popular distribution is concerned. I have been running without mono for some time now and everything else in GNOME still seems to work.

    In my mind, Ubuntu — and any others that follow this trend toward using Mono or C# for that matter — should be the ones that we as the Linux community should monitor closely. Linux has been able to make great decisions in the past, and I think that she’ll continue to do so in the future.

    Whistleblowers are never popular, however I thank you, and applaud you, Roy, for bringing this to our attention. I’ll personally be in the lookout for this in the future. However, at this time, I do fail to see the connection between GNOME and Mono other than by association (which is itself somewhat too close for comfort), not by technical dependency.

    My 2 cents as well.

  35. Béranger said,

    March 7, 2008 at 10:22 am


    > However, at this time, I do fail to see the connection between GNOME and Mono other than by association … not by technical dependency.

    1. Shipping with at least a Mono application BY DEFAULT (i.e. Tomboy) is more than “association”, it’s SUPPORTING.

    2. RECOMMENDING Tomboy (a Mono app) in the OFFICIAL presentation of a GNOME release is more than “association”, see:

    Still, you don’t *technically* depend on Mono. YET.

  36. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 7, 2008 at 10:58 am


    Béranger, what do you know about Moonlight and OOXML translators? Other than associated fees (for patents) Microsoft started raving about yesterday, bear in mind that they wrote all those dependable pieces in C#. I doubt it’s a coincidence.

  37. Miles said,

    May 28, 2008 at 11:21 am


    Yes, indeed. I’ve just checked the links in here and it’s pretty safe to say that a few weeks/months ago, Miguel or somebody else from GNOME told the editors to change the headline (maybe the body as well) of this article.

    If you follow the google search link below, it is plainly obvious that Roy has lied. The article’s title was not changed at all.

    Google search link

    Note especially the mailing-list archive with a message just days after the original publishing referring to the article with the current headline.

    Looks like Roy’s been caught with his hand in the liar jar.

  38. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm



    I’ve just looked back at what gave me the impression that Linux Planet used to say that GNOME would be based on .NET. It was this:

    http://boycottnovell.com/2007/07/23/gnome-mono-dep/ (see the two URLs in the quote)

    I now realise that I must have mixed the two adjacent URLs (Register and Linux Planet), so you’re right. I got caught up in the impression that the latter had changed. It wasn’t, and I apologise. I tried to check this to verify before, but wasn’t successful. There was an argument about the article from The Register later (especially the headline) and I was convinced it’s based on Linux Planet (where I publish sometimes). You were right and I was wrong.

  39. Miles said,

    May 29, 2008 at 11:35 am


    Think maybe you could stop jumping to conclusions and accusing people of wrongdoing when no such wrongdoing was done, perhaps?

    You consistently make these “mistakes”, but you haven’t yet changed your ways and continue to make them (which makes me and a lot of other people believe you do it on purpose).

  40. Jiivandeva said,

    May 30, 2008 at 5:21 am


    The Real Question is Mono a MS inspired Trojan Horse designed to destroy
    Linux as a whole. If it is so then let the inquisitions begin. We can start by Forking Gnome and removing the FUC – Faulty Useless Code from Gnome as a whole.

What Else is New

  1. Links 12/10/2015: Linux 4.3 RC5, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 Reviewed

    Links for the day

  2. Microsoft Still Rigging and Gaming Statistics by Taking Over or Registering Dead/Inactive/Parked Domains by the Millions

    Microsoft continues to game Netcraft's figures and graphs by amassing effectively dead domains, making itself (and IIS/Windows) look a lot bigger when it fact Microsoft only perishes on the Web, having long ago lost the game to GNU/Linux with Free/libre software on top of it (notably a L.A.M.P. stack)

  3. Benoît Battistelli's Group of 'Loyals' Crushes Not Only the Independent Boards But Also 'Unwanted' Directorates-General

    Having 'infiltrated' most key positions at the EPO, Benoît Battistelli now ejects everything that remains potential threat to his unquestionable total domination

  4. Many New Losses for Software Patents in the US, Courtesy of Alice Case/§101

    The United States' supposed leadership in software patenting grinds to a halt as more software patents simply die in the courtrooms and patent lawyers try hard to overcome this new debacle of theirs, usually by misleading current and prospective clients

  5. Leaked: EPO Prioritises Work for Large Foreign Corporations, Discrimination Not Accidental But Centrally Planned

    Canon, Philips, Microsoft, Qualcomm, BASF, Bayer, Samsung, Huawei, Siemens, Ericsson and Fujitsu receive V.I.P. treatment from the EPO, despite most of them not even being European

  6. Links 11/10/2015: Kate/KDevelop Sprint, Blender 2.76

    Links for the day

  7. European Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda Says TPP Will Bring Software Patents to Europe and Other Continents/Countries

    The Wikileaks "TPP Leak," says Julia Reda, suggests that, based on the patentable subject matter section, signatories must add software patents

  8. Don't Look at Linux For Sexism, Look at Microsoft (Although Microsoft Hides the Newest Lawsuits)

    A look at the broader scale of discrimination against women and how widespread a phenomenon it is inside Microsoft, the arch rival of Linux

  9. Links 10/10/2015: IBM's Linux-based LC Family, KDE Frameworks 5.15

    Links for the day

  10. Benoît Battistelli's Office Accused of Institutional Harassment Against EPO Staff in New Letter to the Administrative Council, Calling for External Investigation

    A probe by an external and independent entity is sought with the aim of looking into systematic harassment against EPO employees who simply 'dare' to point out gross violations by their managers; staff protests at EPO headquarters in the Netherlands and Germany are scheduled

  11. Responses to Software Patents in India Though Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions

    India's famous skills, which revolve around software services and software development, are under attack by new laws which strive to grant foreign corporations de facto monopolies on software, even inside India

  12. Mobile Linux (e.g. Android) Still a Victim of Software Patents, No Peace in Sight

    A look at recent developments in the fight against mobile Linux (notably Android these days) and whoever is behind the patent attacks (not always as obvious as people are led to believe)

  13. Bad News for the EPO's Judicial Independence and Due Process in Next Week's Administrative Council (AC) Meeting

    A quick update about what's expected to happen next week when the Administrative Council holds a two-day meeting

  14. More Back Doors Found in Microsoft's Entrapments (Proprietary Software)

    Security flaws and even blatantly obvious loopholes for surveillance are identified in several of Microsoft's so-called 'products', which turn users (and their data) into the real product (to be sold to private companies or shared with spies)

  15. NASA Gives Back What It Took Away in the Form of Patent Monopolies for Private Gain

    Criticism of NASA's habit of clinging onto patents when it is actually the public which pays for everything

  16. The Coup D'état of Benoît Battistelli Follows an Imperialist Model, Threatens Opposition and Dissent

    SUEPO, the staff union, and boards that are independent from the EPO are both under attack and are constantly threatened by Benoît Battistelli and his goons

  17. Links 8/10/2015: Manjaro Linux Releases, Linksys WRT1900ACS, FOSS at NHS

    Links for the day

  18. Links 8/10/2015: KDE Plasma 5.4.2 Released, Linux Drama Queens

    Links for the day

  19. EPO Staff to Disrupt Administrative Council Meeting With Public Demonstration That Raises Awareness of Abuses

    The perception of collusion between the Administrative Council (AC) and the European Patent Office (EPO) leads to staff actions demanding investigation of illegal Board of Appeal (BoA) suspension/s (among many other things)

  20. OIN Turns 10, IDG Floods the Web With Puff Pieces That 'Normalise' Software Patents

    The Open Invention Network (OIN) commissions or helps produce puff pieces in the corporate media because it has an anniversary and corporate interests to push forth (including the idea that software patents can coexist with Linux)

  21. Hypocrite Forks the Linux Kernel Because of Cultural Characteristics That He Himself is Guilty of

    Forking of Linux is misleadingly reported in the media because of a couple of very loud people, who are not even quitting their jobs

  22. Željko Topić Attacks EPO Staff for 'Daring' to Legally Challenge the EPO's Management Over Its Gross Abuses in Europe

    Benoît Battistelli's right-hand man, Željko Topić, is under the false impression that yet more threats against staff of the EPO will help contain the crisis rather than further inflame it

  23. Media Reports Based on New Patents Suggest That Microsoft Continues to Attack Google and Android/Linux, Trying to Tax and Delete Android

    Reports and patent applications serve to show that Microsoft not only tries to infiltrate ("embrace") Android to put its apps there ("extend") but ultimately to delete ("extinguish") Android

  24. Commenters Provide Possible Explanations for Mr Van der Eijk Being on Unlimited Sick Leave

    Rumours are swirling around Wim Van der Eijk's absence, suggesting that he too may be a victim of Benoît Battistelli's iron fist

  25. Links 6/10/2015: Linux 4.3 RC4, HP OpenSwitch, Wind River Linux 8

    Links for the day

  26. With Software Patents in Europe (and Pushes for the Same Thing in Australia and India) Patent Trolls Now Come to Europe, Attack Android/Linux

    Worst-case scenarios are becoming a reality as Android backers officially attacked by patent trolls using standard-essential patents in London, England

  27. New Information on Limbo in the Enlarged Board, Courtesy of Illegal Actions by the EPO's Benoît Battistelli

    Battistelli's bullying of people whom he is not even allowed to bully turns out to have gone on for a lot longer than promised, and there is no sign of light at the end of this tunnel

  28. Microsoft Customers Complain About 'Inevitable' Vista 10 Because Microsoft Nearly Forces Botched 'Upgrades'

    In a desperate effort to spread Vista 10, sometimes even against people's will, Microsoft really upsets loyal customers, who are eventually eager to explore alternatives

  29. Dr. Ingve Björn Stjerna Explains Why the UPC (“Unitary Patent“ System) is an Undemocratic Sham Whilst UPC Silently Advanced by Patent Lawyers and Politicians

    European patent laws are being covertly overridden so as to allow broader scope of litigation, higher financial damages, speedy injunctions, and even software patents; the European public is intentionally kept in the dark about it, hence kept unable to express scepticism or issue truly effective objections

  30. IRC Proceedings: September 13th, 2015 – October 3rd, 2015

    Many IRC logs


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