02.28.08

Novell-Microsoft Assimilation, Phase II

Posted in GNOME, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Patents at 2:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux can be Windows, but only if you are a Novell customer

It must be love. Novell’s Vista 'advertisements' tell us that Novell strives to please its competitor, Microsoft, rather than actually please its customers, many of whom use (or used) SUSE. Here is the latest post from Novell’s Vice President, Miguel de Icaza.

Last week some of us from the Mono team at Novell went to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. As some of my dear readers know, I was not much of a gamer a year ago, and I do not claim to understand this industry.

He carries on discussing games with Mono (Microsoft’s .NET) and also talks about Microsoft’s XNA. This intersection is becoming irksome for a variety of reasons that we have been through before (more latterly here)

Beranger is being cynical in his latest post about Mono.

Note the lack of good faith:

Nobody said that “GNOME depends on Mono”; rather, Mono is pushed into GNOME, distros are installing Tomboy and F-Spot and Beagle by default, and users are intoxicated to believe that they can’t live without Mono!

“GNOME depends on libbeagle, a Mono program”: Sir, we knew that libbeagle is a C library! But why is it there? (Do you need a hint?)

“NDesk-DBus is replacing DBus in GNOME”: I’m afraid this will happen one day!

“Someday soon it will be practically impossible to write any app for GNOME without being forced to use MONO”: Yes, this is going to be true! (Alas…)

Mono is an advantage to Novell. It’s an advantage against other GNU/Linux distros which do not have patent portfolios, cross-licensing deals, and money to spare per copy of the programs. We explained this back in October.

For its business ‘success’, Novell will try to spread Mono. Mono is a Novell project. For this reason, Mono and Novell need to be shunned. Novell and Mono serve themselves while harming many others.

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