Summary: Sqlite Sharp/sqlite# causes damage to GNU/Linux in a variety of new ways
THE increased Mono dependency in GNU/Linux distributions could be exacerbated by new endeavours from the proponents of Mono, which mostly helps Windows [1, 2, 3]. It is a facilitator of embrace-and-extend tactics (using patents, developers’ skills, influence over APIs and so on). It’s about assimilating everyone to Microsoft rather than dragging Microsoft towards support of open standards.
The Mono/C# version of sqlite is a case of hypocrisy which was last mentioned yesterday. But another impact that is easily overlooked is that sqlite# — much like NDesk.DBus (ndesk-dbus or DBus#) — is a case of Mono going deeper into the guts of the Free desktop. As one reader warned us last night, “Mono people are trying to put even more dependency on Mono inside Ubuntu. For example, some dev is porting sqlite to C#. F-spot uses sqlite [so the] result = f-spot sharp + sqlite# = more Mono dependency in Ubuntu.”
“sqlite is used in billions of applications and instances and now someone wants to ignore all that bug testing.”
–Fewa“Why the hell do they have to rewrite a gazillion bindings? C# is so close to C why can’t they just use the C bindings” asks Fewa, who adds that this “is slowing down ALL [of] sqlite simply for the purpose of encumbering it. It’s a classic example of bloat.” A point was then raised about many applications in Ubuntu using sqlite, so sooner or later proponents of Mono can try to make a transition to sqlite# in order to “save space” or something along those lines (maybe “best-of-breed” arguments).
“He is porting ALL [of] sqlite, not only a simple wrapper,” stresses a reader. “Mono people will probably try to put this version of sqlite in Ubuntu. And I have heard some comments about mono people trying to force Zeitgeist’s developer to use Mono, but thank God Zeitgeist’s dev is smart!”
Fewa later adds: “sqlite is used in billions of applications and instances and now someone wants to ignore all that bug testing.”
“Mono people love to attack gnote,” says another, “but Mono people do a lot of porting. Lucene itext [is one] example [because] Lucene is Java [and] itext is Java.” █