Summary: Mono defence and advocacy in social networks, courtesy of Novell/Mono staff
A recent promoter of Mono-based applications is now pushing for Novell’s Banshee to be included by default in Ubuntu 9.10. This person’s name is “snorp” and he is currently backed by Novell’s Sandy Armstrong, who only joined the Web site 20 hours ago. Armstrong is one of the developers of Banshee.
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For those who don’t know Sandy Armstrong, here is a more complete introduction:
Sandy works on the Mono Accessibility team, where he is responsible for the implementation of the UI Automation Client API on Linux. In his spare time, he is the lead developer and maintainer of Tomboy, the popular open source note taker and personal wiki. In his extra spare time, he helps maintain Tasque, contributes to Banshee, and tweets clever quips. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife Ellery, Ellery’s German Shepherd Tycho, and Tycho’s Border Collie Maggie.
Sandy Armstrong says in Reddit: “Rhythmbox is stagnating, doesn’t seem to be actively developed. It’s a fine piece of software but it seems to have no future.” He is not alone. They are pushing for their employer’s Mono-based program to replace GPL-licensed software.
“These are people with direct vested interests (their job at Novell, which is partly funded by Microsoft now).”Tomboy’s developer, Armstrong, has concerns about Gnote, which performs a lot better and gains popularity very quickly. Our informant suggests that articles about Gnote may be the reason that Sandy jumped into this discussion where he is joined by a fellow Novell employee* (a Mono colleague whom we wrote about in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]). His comments can be seen in Reddit under the nickname “jstedfast”. To quote him: “For me, using Free Software has nothing to do with “morality” (I don’t see anything wrong with charging money for software nor writing closed-source software), it has to do with having access to the source code more than anything else.”
These are people with direct vested interests (their job at Novell, which is partly funded by Microsoft now). They comment in social networks on issues that affect them directly, so caution might be required when reading. It’s similar in Ubuntu Forums, for example. Watch this from a critic of Mono:
edit: less than a minute after posting and i see myself and the parent already downmodded. our comments are relevant and widely held. wonderful sense of integrity you must have.