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08.07.09

Monopoly and Monocrisy

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 11:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: New example of Mono hypocrisy

THERE was a degree of hostility between Tomboy and Gnote. Part of it was to do with licensing issues (one complainer was Jo Shields), but as the following shows nicely, it would be hypocritical for Mono proponents to whine about this from now on.

The announcement that there is now a “line-by-line port of Sqlite to C#” is travelling around all the planets.

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Note that the licensing has changed to from Sqlite as well! Scandalous!

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So, will we be seeing those apologies and corrections for the reaction to Gnote yet? How about a round of good old-fashioned personal attacks and assigning malicious motives for the author of csharp-sqlite? I’ll be right here holding my breath. Good thing I quit smoking, no?

In other Mono news, the Microsoft-friendly Gavin Clarke writes about Novell bringing Mono to iPhone. It’s wonderful news to Microsoft.

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3 Comments

  1. zatoichi said,

    August 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm

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    And what if folks think that “line-by-line port of Sqlite [sic] to C#” is a pretty pointless and unnecessary idea as well? Why would you assume that people who happen to like C# would support any old thing being ported to C#?

    Do you actually imagine that the issues raised around gnote were really over Hub’s porting a C# application to C++? If so, you should really examine your assumptions, since that really had nothing to do with it; the reaction would have been essentially identical if Tomboy had started out as a python app…

  2. zatoichi said,

    August 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm

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    It’s surprising to me that there’s been so little mention of Jo Shields’ “Chicken Little Remix” here, and no mention at all of his post on why Roy’s brand of “advocacy” is unproductive.

    aeshna23 Reply:

    Zatoichi,

    I read parts from your link. I didn’t like the logic. Arguments can’t be papered by one side just saying we’re right and the other side shouldn’t worry about it. In fact, as a Nietzschean, I find not just the “logic” contemptible, but the person who express the logic contemptible also.

    Like many people, I worry about the implications of Mono for Linux. I have no inhibitions about telling the people that they should shun Mono like leprosy–no matter who calls me “Chicken Little” in the language of their choice. And it’s not solely about the patent issue. I wouldn’t want a Microsoftized Linux even if patents weren’t an issue. It’s all about remaining loyal to our Unix and FLOSS heritages. In this regard, I’m not going to use MP3′s much even when the patents come off. I’m proud of the work our community has done to come up with the OGG codecs.

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