Summary: Microsoft-patented bits of software (Novell-sponsored and containing Microsoft code), which are not covered by the Microsoft Community Promise, are now included in MeeGo
Banshee’s developer may be gone from Novell, but a lot of damage was done. Linux-based platforms were made dependent on Microsoft APIs and Microsoft patents that apply to Mono, for example (the Microsoft Community Promise (MCP) does not cover that). Banshee’s most recent incursion involved Ubuntu 11.04, as we noted over time in:
- Banshee (MCP-Excluded Mono Trap) is Not Yet in Next Ubuntu, There is Still Time to Stop It
- Canonical Probably to Put in Next Ubuntu GNU/Linux Mono Parts Which Microsoft Disallows Free of Lawsuits/Charge
- Ubuntu Users Plead to Keep Novell’s Banshee Out (and Other Miscellaneous Mono News)
- Microsoft-funded Media Player to Become Ubuntu’s Default?
- Mono Warning: Fresh Attempts to Inject Banshee Into Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10
- Novell/Microsoft Mono Poison (Banshee) Put in Ubuntu 10.10 NBE by Default
- Patent Threat Banshee Gets Hooks Into Ubuntu 10.10
- Banshee is Novell, Mono, and ‘Forbidden’ Microsoft Software Patents
- OpenSUSE 11.3 Users Sensitive to Microsoft Lawsuit Due to Banshee Bundling
- Fedora 13 Replaces F-Spot (Mono) With Shotwell (Vala), MeeGo Still Mono Encumbered
- What Alfresco and Android Can Teach About Ubuntu
- Mono Advocacy is Deluded, Avoids the Facts and Personally Attacks Critics Instead
- Bad Decision Made at Canonical Regarding Media Player
- Mono Lie of the Week: AttachMSFT’s Banshee is Safe
- .NET is Microsoft’s Patent Poison Pill Inside Any GNU/Linux Distribution With Mono
- Now It’s Official: Banshee Included in Ubuntu by Default
- Keeping Unity Mono Free
- Mono Boosters in Ubuntu Have Conflicts of Interest, LibreOffice Under Similar Threat
- FSF to Challenge Software Patents While Microsoft Uses Them to Extort GNU/Linux
Banshee also tried to find its way into MeeGo, just shortly after MeeGo was first introduced. We wrote about this several times last year [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. According to Microsoft booster Gavin Clarke, “Banshee is now the default music player for MeeGo.” To quote in context:
Novell is losing a key figure driving development of the Banshee open-source music player it helped pioneer.
Banshee creator Aaron Bockover is leaving Novell after six years and joining Skype co-founders Janus Friis with Niklas Zennström on their latest venture: an on-demand, social music service called Rdio.
Banshee is now the default music player for MeeGo.
We wrote about it, and now, after literally weeks of planning, it is here. The post-FOSDEM GNOME+Mono hackfest.
“I’d like to see Gnome applications written in .NET in version 4.0 – no, version 3.0. But Gnome 4.0 should be based on .NET.”