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Allegation: Novell Has “Profit Motive for Pushing Mono Everywhere”

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 1:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mono is all about the money

Summary: How Novell uses Mono to spread proprietary software to proprietary platforms and exclusively make money from this practice

OUR reader Brandon pointed out the obvious about Mono’s vested interests yesterday. To Novell (and to Microsoft), Mono is means for (up)selling proprietary software. It oughtn’t be so shocking that Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza publicly spoke at Microsoft less than a year ago about how software freedom makes it hard to make a living. The hypocrite himself is very rich and he has just published this post which says “I will be in Redmond from Tuesday afternoon until Friday night.”

Anyway, to quote Brandon, who is now a Fedora Ambassador (IRC log from the same date as above):

Ender2070 So much for open source: http://www.go-mono.com/store/ Oct 26 05:13
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Store – Mono .::. Size~: 27.8 KB Oct 26 05:13
Ender2070 “If you are the only individual planning to use Mono Tools for Visual Studio, then the Professional Edition is right for you. Your non-transferable license entitles you to one year of updates. $99 USD “ Oct 26 05:14
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[diablod3/@diablod3] Mono goes closed source http://ur1.ca/25p4o #wtf #microsoft !fsf Oct 26 05:16
TechrightsBot-tr Title:  Mechanical Keyboard Guide – Overclock.net – Overclocking.net .::. Size~: 167.66 KB Oct 26 05:16
Ender2070 SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension is a .NET application framework that enables organizations to run Microsoft .NET-based server applications on Linux. Based on open source Mono technology and run in conjunction with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension delivers all the performance, scalability and hardware support of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform to the .NET application Oct 26 05:17
Ender2070 environment. $200 a year Oct 26 05:17
Ender2070 I think there is a profit motive for pushing mono everywhere Oct 26 05:17
Ender2070 and its there for everyone to see Oct 26 05:17
Ender2070 if people recommend other languages nobody is going to want to buy this from Novell Oct 26 05:19
Ender2070 no conspiracy theories required Oct 26 05:19

We pointed this out many times before and it is clear that other people independently reach the same conclusion. When you support Mono you also support Novell/Microsoft and proprietary software. Mono is 'open' core, putting aside the API and patent issues.

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 27, 2010 at 1:35 am


    Patents are not the only undesirable aspect of Mono. The mindset of accepting or encouraging bad quality is lower profile, yet more harmful. It is a direct affront to scientific method, the foundation of both the theoretical and the practice. Software engineering is an applied science. Computer science is hard science. In neither is their a place for opinions and marketeering to trump empirical facts. Yet, that is what we must fight against from the M$ crowd in Novell, Gnome and other pockets that have become unclean by means of M$ infiltrating the ranks and goals.

  2. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 27, 2010 at 1:41 am


    Open core, that is nothing more than a new spin on crippleware. Apple is the leader there now. What happened with 10.5 and 10.6 is terrible.

    An ideal goal would be if the company can return to showing the insight and success and direction it had ten years ago.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The challenge not is to help Apple customers see that.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:


  3. NotZed said,

    October 27, 2010 at 6:19 am


    Hold the press! … commercial entity tries to make money!

    Surely you can do better than this non-story.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It’s stating the obvious as I put it at the start. Still, when people look for motives of Mono boosters, this is a point they must bear in mind.

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