Summary: Novell staff and sympathisers — including Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier (formerly of Novell) — promote forbidden fruit from Microsoft/Novell
Zonker is not particularly interested in Mono, but he has been doing quite a bit of work to help this project by means of coverage/promotion. Right now he is promoting Banshee (excluded from the MCP), which is developed by his former employer and colleagues. Why promote this patent threat? Few sites have actually covered Mono recently, despite the 2.8 release which contains code from Microsoft. So far we have found just one example of coverage (other than Phoronix which finally acknowledged the problems with Mono); Ryan Paul covered it as usual, just as we had expected (fair enough, it’s just a pattern).
Over the years it seems like fewer news sites pay attention to Mono (it becomes increasingly irrelevant), even those which are affiliated with Microsoft.
Pawel says that “Novell people found a new source to spread mono propaganda.” he points to the blog of OpenSUSE’s existing Community Manager, where the Mono-filled Smeegol is promoted. And “this blog appears at kde.org,” he added.
We wrote about Smeegol very recently and there is more information about it mostly in Novell territories [1, 2]. Very recently someone also uploaded this talk about Mono to YouTube [1, 2]. Why promote projects that are partly developed by Microsoft only to move GNU/Linux developers into Microsoft APIs and then put them at legal risk, as well? █