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11.05.08

IBM Vice President: Requires Silverlight? No Thanks.

Posted in Apple, DRM, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Patents at 8:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM’s VP of open source and standards says Mo’ “No”

Truthfully, Bob Sutor never liked Mono. He asked about it several times before and wanted it removed [1, 2, 3]. When faced by Mono 'guards', he politely explained at the time, “I don’t want to get into the well-known controversies around Mono in this thread, but for those who decide not to use it, for any reason, it’s good to know how to avoid it.”

A couple of days ago, at the sight of this post, he wrote: “Requires Silverlight? Err, no thanks.”

Since he has Ubuntu GNU/Linux installed on his laptop, it may have been Mono and Moonlight that deterred him as much as it deters Fedora. Additionally, from the comments on this post:

I emailed them asking about Linux support a couple months after the Watch Instantly feature came out because I wanted to take advantage of it, and they responded saying that they were working on Linux and Mac OS support but had to work on security issues, so I stuck with it thinking that I would eventually be able to take advantage of the feature. Over a year later, there was still no Watch Instantly for Linux, so I canceled my subscription. I hope they eventually get around to it.

It was very clear from the start that Microsoft would use Silver Lie (or Novell’s Moon Lie) to harm its #1 competitor, which is also a platform of choice to IBM.

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