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01.12.11

OMG!Ubuntu! Likes Mono

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Patents, Ubuntu at 12:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Amazed at Mono

Summary: Novell’s project that’s complementary to Microsoft’s illegally-obtained monopoly on the desktop is being advertised in a site whose target audience is Ubuntu GNU/Linux users

LAST week we found out that David Nielsen, who promotes Banshee in OMG!Ubuntu!, is personally involved in Banshee. We wrote about it some days ago, naming this a “conflict of interest”. Today we see that this Banshee campaign from Nielsen (promoting it in Ubuntu) carries on and there is nothing wrong with it if OMG!Ubuntu! views itself as a platform in which writers promote their own projects of interest rather than provide information, including a word about the problems with Mono. As we pointed out before, while the site is a good source of Ubuntu developments, it promotes Mono more than necessary while neglecting to list the drawbacks which are widely acknowledged. Joey too (main site admin) is doing this right now by pushing Pinta (Mono-based project from a Novell employee [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13]), so it is not a case of contributing writers getting out of line.

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2 Comments

  1. dissertational said,

    January 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

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    You make good points; OMGUbuntu is hardly an unbiased blog. They’ve been known to push projects that they have an interest in, or have been working on, rather than simply reporting Ubuntu news.

    However, I think you’ve failed to understand that OMGUbuntu is not trying to be an unbiased source of Ubuntu news. It’s really quite obvious from the way in which they report news, upcoming releases of applications and the general tone of their articles. They’re purposefully unprofessional in their “reporting” and they talk about things that they like.

    I don’t see why you’re holding that against them. There are enough Ubuntu/Linux news sites that are professional and unbiased out there. Why can’t we have one that’s relaxed and friendly?

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I link to that site quite a lot on a daily basis. I know how it works. I did not mean to sound harsh.

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