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Stereotype of Copying the Competition

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 11:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Mono rides the tail of Git, not just Microsoft, and the impact on its overall image is not positive

DOES MONO offer anything innovative? Probably not. It it too busy copying other people’s implementations. Mono proponents love to claim that Gnote merely copies Tomboy, but it turns out to be a case of total hypocrisy. Mono developers not only copy Sqlite; they also give Git the same type of treatment. Novell’s de Icaza proudly announces the release of Git# (that’s Microsoft C sharp atop Torvalds’ second baby).

“Mono is a statement saying that Microsoft is the Holy Grail of programming, which GNU/Linux is just desperately trying to copy.”It all leads to wondering, is the Mono ecosystem just ‘reinventing’ Microsoft and copying other good ideas like Git and Sqlite?

“Mono” means monkey (in Spanish), which implies that it imitates rather than thinks. In fact, one of our readers showed us this new article only to point out inaccuracies. The article gives the illusion that only 2 options exist out there (like Democrats and Republicans) while failing the see the heaps of ideas that got grafted (‘stolen’) from Free software.

What kind of reputation does Mono give GNU/Linux? And what about .NET? Mono is a statement saying that Microsoft is the Holy Grail of programming, which GNU/Linux is just desperately trying to copy. Any way it’s looked at, this is beneficial to Microsoft and harmful to the image of Free software, which is then perceived as a freeloader rather than a leader.

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  1. TheTruth said,

    October 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm


    SQL or SEQUEL was developed by IBM in 1974.

    Which is an RDBMS, or Relational Database management system.

    It’s not FOSS, and was not developed by FOSS, and was developed well before FOSS ever existed. So who is copying who here ?

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I wrote about Sqlite, not SQL.

  2. David Gerard said,

    October 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm


    Is it me or is Mono actually completely useless?

    * Approximately no-one on .NET uses it – anyone developing in .NET just hosts on Windows.
    * There are zero compelling Unix server apps in Mono.
    * There are a few desktop Unix apps in Mono, all of which are toys and all of which are widely derided as fat and slow.
    * People wanting this sort of thing on Unix use Java, which has approximately nothing on the desktop but completely owns the server for commercial production use.

  3. dyfet said,

    October 13, 2009 at 7:12 pm


    Mono has become the Novell search for more Microsoft funding.

  4. Will said,

    October 14, 2009 at 11:14 am


    Speaking of search, it sounds like Mono is to Novel as Bing is to Microsoft: something massively pushed by a specific group, yet not really filling a need that was lacking nor providing an enhancement over an existing service or product., and failing so far to gain any real traction.

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