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MonoDevelop Moves to Windows, Gnote Comes to GNU/Linux (as Default)

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Summary: Marriages of inconvenience, courtesy of Novell and Microsoft

ACCORDING TO this, Novell's MonoDevelop finds a home on Windows where it fits nicely as a "cheap" Visual Studio. That's where Novell wishes to take Free software, turning it into a follower rather than a leader. But that's the bad news. There is some other stuff worth noticing; see for example how Microsoft Moonlight continues to fascinate mostly Microsoft folks [1, 2]. This morning we found this comment from former Microsoft employee John Bailo:



"The Moonlight port clearly proves that Linux can deliver DRM'd media to users. (Hulu has already proven that with its Flash based delivery system, but this should assure customers). I look forward to the day when Real's Rhapsody client can work on Linux and I can download and move audio files to my Sansa View."

“Microsoft people (or former employees in this case) are pushing for Microsoft software to go inside GNU/Linux, including Microsoft DRM.”Again: Moonlight is not a port. To suggest it is a port of Silverlight is to suggest that Safari is a port of Mozilla Firefox because they both handle the same type of content (or similar content).

Bailo used to lurk and participate heavily in the Linux newsgroups over at USENET where he was considered a k00k or a troll by some. And as we were warned before, Microsoft people (or former employees in this case) are pushing for Microsoft software to go inside GNU/Linux, including Microsoft DRM. Nat Friedman too was a Microsoft employee and Miguel de Icaza tried to become one.

The good news is that Mono is getting pushed out as applications written in Mono become easily replaceable/swappable. A couple of readers have alerted us that Gnote made it to the default package selection for gNewSense/mipsel-l (not to be confused with gNewSense/i386). One of the readers explains: "Mipsel-l is the gnewsense port for Complete Free Netbook (open hardware+gnewsense) by Chinese Company Lemote. I am using this for last 3 months."

From: Robert Millan <rmh at aybabtu.com> Date: Thu, May 7, 2009 at 1:28 PM Subject: [Gnewsense-dev] Gnote in gNewSense/mipsel-l To: gnewsense-dev at nongnu.org

Hi,

Gnote [1] has been added to the default desktop selection for the gNewSense / mipsel-l port. I think that with version 0.3.1 it reached a level of maturity that makes it suitable replacement for Tomboy on environments where installing Mono/.NET is not possible or desired (in this case, due to lack of support for mipsel architecture).

[1] Gnote is a line-for-line rewrite of Tomboy to C++, for details see http://live.gnome.org/Gnote


This is the type of progress that will abolish Microsoft's Trojan horses for GNU/Linux. Hubert has just had a laptop failure, but Gnote continues to be developed very rapidly and it also enters Fedora.

"As many of you may know, we've actually kind of broadened the product portfolio of Visual Studio, targeting all the way from the low end with students and hobbyists, kind of competitive in that Linux space, making sure that every developer has a copy of .NET and is trained in writing .NET solutions. [...] I think it will really help us in our competition with open source."

--Eric Rudder, Senior Vice President, Microsoft



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