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Mono Project Seems to be Dying (Development Virtually Halted) (Updated)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 4:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Update: As raised as a possible explanation by myself in the IRC channel (I was deceived by others), Mono just moved to Git. Nonetheless, news about Mono and Moonlight has been extremely scarce for months, so the project clearly lost a lot of momentum.

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Summary: Mono development is nearly non-existent over the past month or so

MONO AND MOONLIGHT begin to show early signs of death. Both Mono and Moonlight are hardly heard from anymore and lack of endorsement from the FSF (the FSF discourages use of C#) could not do much to help, could it? Based on SVN branches [1, 2], either the entire development team at Novell takes a massively long summer vacation or the project is radically de-emphasised. So the question is, what happens to those who depend on Mono in the long term? Novell is up for sale and Miguel de Icaza is busy cleaning their toilets instead of coding or even blogging. The Mono problem was discussed in IRC a short while ago (partial logs below).

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justin__ hey, looks like you guys might be right about mono project being dead Aug 30 20:34
justin__ http://anonsvn.mono-project.com/viewvc/trunk/ Aug 30 20:34
TechrightsBot-tr Title: [Mono] Index of /trunk .::. Size~: 54.05 KB Aug 30 20:34
justin__ notice the dates Aug 30 20:34
justin__ no activity on any module for weeks Aug 30 20:34
gnufreex I thought Mono uses Git? Aug 30 20:35
justin__ looks like svn to me Aug 30 20:35
justin__ http://www.mono-project.com/AnonSVN Aug 30 20:35
TechrightsBot-tr Title: AnonSVN – Mono .::. Size~: 10.11 KB Aug 30 20:36
gnufreex I see that there is no activity for years… maybe they switched to Git Aug 30 20:36
gnufreex Ah Aug 30 20:36
gnufreex Yes Aug 30 20:36
justin__ some are only a few weeks of inactivity Aug 30 20:36
gnufreex You are right Aug 30 20:36
gnufreex Let’s hope it is dead Aug 30 20:36
gnufreex Novell is firing people to stay profitable Aug 30 20:36
justin__ might explain why there is so little news Aug 30 20:36
justin__ about mono/moonlie Aug 30 20:36
justin__ yea Aug 30 20:37
justin__ they are going to be the next sco Aug 30 20:37
schestowitz Wait Aug 30 20:37
gnufreex Mono is just microsoft pet project, no outside contributors. Just Novell and Microsoft Aug 30 20:37
schestowitz I’m catching up here :-) Aug 30 20:37
schestowitz So was there an svn/git confusion? Aug 30 20:37
gnufreex And Microsoft is angry on Novell because VMware partnership Aug 30 20:37
schestowitz Or verified freeze? Aug 30 20:37
-TRT/#techrights-[schestowitz] Comment in the #neckbeard troll http://ur1.ca/1e5jb “It would be better if you would make the wallpaper if you don’t like the default.” Aug 30 20:37
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justin__ verified Aug 30 20:37
schestowitz Maybe summer break? Aug 30 20:37
schestowitz Steadfast took some break iirc Aug 30 20:37
justin__ http://www.mono-project.com/AnonSVN Aug 30 20:37
TechrightsBot-tr Title: AnonSVN – Mono .::. Size~: 10.11 KB Aug 30 20:37
schestowitz and the Microsoft MVP is having a baby Aug 30 20:38
justin__ are they the only 2 guys working on mono? Aug 30 20:38
gnufreex De Icaza is one. Aug 30 20:38
schestowitz No-No Aug 30 20:38
schestowitz No Aug 30 20:38
schestowitz He’s working on other parts of it, I think Aug 30 20:38
gnufreex schestowitz: I was wrong, Mono uses SVN Aug 30 20:38
schestowitz Joseph Hill or something leads in a neww Aug 30 20:39
gnufreex no git Aug 30 20:39
schestowitz Then there are mono trolls Aug 30 20:39
schestowitz Like Joseph Shields and some anonymous trolls who bully opposition Aug 30 20:39
justin__ do they contribute tho? Aug 30 20:39
justin__ or just trolls? Aug 30 20:39
schestowitz gnufreex: so it’s dying? Aug 30 20:39
schestowitz I can recall something about git and mono Aug 30 20:40
gnufreex schestowitz: I hope Aug 30 20:40
justin__ seems so Aug 30 20:40
schestowitz See Microsoft’s blog (tirania) Aug 30 20:40
gnufreex schestowitz: Mono people wanted to put write Git addons in Mono Aug 30 20:40
gnufreex Git# Aug 30 20:40
-TRT/#techrights-[glynmoody] Diaspora Clarifies: Open Source On September 15, Consumer Alpha In October – http://tcrn.ch/baGXEu good news #diaspora #socialnws Aug 30 20:40
gnufreex But nobody liked that Aug 30 20:40
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gnufreex They didn’t really use Git, they wanted to kill it. Aug 30 20:40
MinceR well, we already have “git, only slower” Aug 30 20:41
justin__ like they try to kill everything else Aug 30 20:41
MinceR it’s called mercurial Aug 30 20:41
MinceR so there’s no demand for git# Aug 30 20:41
schestowitz justin__: did you check inside dirs to see they don’t code in another space? Aug 30 20:41
FurnaceBoy there’s that guy who wrote git plugins for visual studio Aug 30 20:41
justin__ schestowitz: yea Aug 30 20:41
schestowitz justin__: what URL to show it best? Aug 30 20:42
schestowitz http://anonsvn.mono-project.com/viewvc/trunk/ does not provide compelling proof Aug 30 20:42
TechrightsBot-tr Title: [Mono] Index of /trunk .::. Size~: 54.05 KB Aug 30 20:42
schestowitz I need a quick URL to validate with readers Aug 30 20:42
gnufreex http://anonsvn.mono-project.com/viewvc/ Aug 30 20:42
justin__ hmm Aug 30 20:42
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schestowitz http://anonsvn.mono-project.com/viewvc/trunk/?sortby=date#dirlist Aug 30 20:42
TechrightsBot-tr Title: [Mono] Index of /trunk .::. Size~: 57.3 KB Aug 30 20:43
justin__ yea, the toplevel is probably good Aug 30 20:43
justin__ or could show http://anonsvn.mono-project.com/viewvc/trunk/mono/ Aug 30 20:43
TechrightsBot-tr Title: [Mono] Index of /trunk/mono .::. Size~: 22.24 KB Aug 30 20:43
gnufreex Microsofties probably don’t contribute anymore because Novell-VMware deal. Aug 30 20:43
gnufreex There goes 60% of work force Aug 30 20:44
justin__ there was a vmware deal? Aug 30 20:44
gnufreex VMware distirbutes SUSE with ESX now Aug 30 20:44
schestowitz Yes Aug 30 20:44
justin__ oh, I missed that Aug 30 20:44
gnufreex Microsoft is but hurted Aug 30 20:44
schestowitz Maybe vmware will buy novl Aug 30 20:44
justin__ maybe all the mono people got fired Aug 30 20:45
justin__ probably not de icaza tho Aug 30 20:45
schestowitz No Aug 30 20:45
gnufreex schestowitz: I hope not. Aug 30 20:45
schestowitz But de Icaza cleans bathrooms at Novell now Aug 30 20:45
gnufreex I would like Red Hat to buy them. And then Army Man to make De Icaza clean toilets. Aug 30 20:46
schestowitz http://abock.org/2010/08/06/real-american-heroes-toilet-trouble Aug 30 20:46
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-TRT/#techrights-[slashdot] NIH Orders Halt To Embryonic Stem Cell Research http://bit.ly/a2JKE9 Aug 30 20:46
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gnufreex Hehe. Aug 30 20:48
gnufreex What he does in toilet. It has noting to do with Microsoft… oh wait Aug 30 20:49
gnufreex I just now got why Bill Gates named compney MicroSoft Aug 30 20:49
gnufreex after his weenie Aug 30 20:49
justin__ lol, de icaza got demoted to toilet cleaner Aug 30 20:50
justin__ haha Aug 30 20:50
gnufreex He even look like Microsoftie now. Aug 30 20:52
gnufreex He looked less Micrsofotish before. Aug 30 20:52
-TRT/#techrights-[linuxtoday] How to make a Cosmic Wallpaper in GIMP: Scott Photographics: “This tutorial will hopefully help inspire you to cre… http://bit.ly/bKomuu Aug 30 20:52
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cubevector Microsoft Toilet Paper Aug 30 20:53
cubevector it could happen Aug 30 20:53
ThistleWeb I wouldnt be surprised if they had staff toilet rolls with logos of like google, or tux on it Aug 30 20:54
ThistleWeb on each sheet Aug 30 20:54
-TRT/#techrights-[glynmoody] In Defense of Links, Part One: Nick Carr, hypertext and delinkification – http://bit.ly/asKV1i debunking of Mr Carr’s crypto-transclusionism Aug 30 20:55
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justin__ mono guys are such losers Aug 30 20:56
justin__ they should have given up long ago Aug 30 20:56
justin__ and not even bothered to try Aug 30 20:56
justin__ hopefully now canonical will give up on mono too Aug 30 20:57
gnufreex justin__: I had no problem with them writting Mono. I am pissed at Mono because MonoDudes don’t know their place. It is only so we can say every language can run on Linux. It is stupid to write software with it. It is stupid to try and make it default language for GNU / Linux Aug 30 20:59
gnufreex ANd they are trying just that. Aug 30 20:59
gnufreex They are doing Mono just despite FSF and to piss people they call “zealots” Aug 30 21:00
gnufreex And to advance Microsoft agenda, of course. Aug 30 21:00
gnufreex Place of Mono is same as place for Wine. Out of default install Aug 30 21:00
gnufreex And Wine is not used to write free software. Aug 30 21:01
justin__ yea, they totally didn’t know their place Aug 30 21:01
-TRT/#techrights-[ffii] Who would dare to speak of trolls? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/paul-allen-is-no-patent-troll/2360 #swpat Aug 30 21:01
-TRT/#techrights-[techdirt] Hulu: We Know That Hulu Plus Sucks, But It’s Not Our Fault http://dlvr.it/4SkrX Aug 30 21:01
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justin__ gnufreex imo, monodudes were never very intelligent Aug 30 21:02
justin__ probably got rejected from every other project Aug 30 21:02
gnufreex Well, I think they are inteligent. But they use their brains to help Microsoft. They are not friends of FOSS. Aug 30 21:03
gnufreex They got rejected from other projects because they Microsfotish tendencies, They want to make GNU/Linux a cheap clone of Winodws. Aug 30 21:04
justin__ yea Aug 30 21:04
gnufreex I am not saying all Mono advocates are like that. Just the main ones. And they set other on wrong track. Aug 30 21:04
gnufreex *others Aug 30 21:04
MinceR de icaza wrote at least one good program Aug 30 21:05
MinceR but apparently he’s more interested in serving m$ Aug 30 21:05
justin__ mincer: what? Aug 30 21:05
MinceR gnumeric Aug 30 21:05
gnufreex He wrote Gnumeric? Aug 30 21:05
justin__ I get the feeling he didn’t really even write that Aug 30 21:05
MinceR he wrote the original version, apparently Aug 30 21:05
justin__ probably just took credit for it Aug 30 21:05
gnufreex I think Stallman started writing that. Aug 30 21:05
MinceR dunno Aug 30 21:05
MinceR wikipedia says he’s the original author Aug 30 21:06
gnufreex And then some of Emacs crew finished Aug 30 21:06
justin__ mono trolls are on wikipedia though Aug 30 21:06
justin__ so you can’t trust it Aug 30 21:06
MinceR ic Aug 30 21:06
MinceR old versions of the changelog are gone from gnumeric.org Aug 30 21:07
gnufreex De Icaza didn’t start GNOME either. He only set himself on right place to get credits. If FSF didn’t fund GNOME, it would be nothing. Aug 30 21:07
gnufreex Originaly, GNU project tried twice to write LISP GUI. And both times they were distracted by some fork. First XEmacs, then EGGC. Then GNOME was third attempt when non-free KDE took off. Aug 30 21:09
justin__ yep Aug 30 21:09
justin__ and miguel was just there to steal the credits Aug 30 21:09
gnufreex http://stallman.org/articles/xemacs.origin Aug 30 21:10
MinceR first commits show no trace of de icaza Aug 30 21:10
MinceR http://git.gnome.org/browse/gnumeric/log/?ofs=18150 Aug 30 21:10
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Not a web page! Aborting text/plain type .::. Size~: 0 KB Aug 30 21:10
TechrightsBot-tr Title: gnumeric – The Gnome Office Spreadsheet – Free, Fast, Accurate: Pick any 3! .::. Size~: 17.61 KB Aug 30 21:10
gnufreex Here is what Stallman said on XEmacs Aug 30 21:10
MinceR wait Aug 30 21:10
schestowitz [20:50] <justin__> lol, de icaza got demoted to toilet cleaner Aug 30 21:10
schestowitz Maybe Novell cut more staff Aug 30 21:10
MinceR oh, right Aug 30 21:10
schestowitz Including wardens and cleaners Aug 30 21:11
schestowitz So they assigned a contigent Aug 30 21:11
schestowitz “The guy who deals with all the ***t” Aug 30 21:11
gnufreex rofL Aug 30 21:11
justin__ lol Aug 30 21:11
MinceR like mono? :> Aug 30 21:12
justin__ mono is a 4 letter word Aug 30 21:13
justin__ is jono aka jono bacon? Aug 30 21:14
justin__ just noticed him in the user list Aug 30 21:15
justin__ well, guys it’s been fun but I need to get going Aug 30 21:16
justin__ keep on fighting the good fight getting rid of trolls like de icaza and his friends Aug 30 21:17
justin__ you guys make the world a better place Aug 30 21:17
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[diablod3/@diablod3] Christian Church lends building to Muslims while construction of Mosque continues; Jesus clearly approves of this http://u.nu/2h62f Aug 30 21:17
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