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Can GNOME 3.0 Avoid Mono Despite GNOME Foundation Director Being Novell Employee?

Mono strings GNOME
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Summary: Novell still controls GNOME's direction using staff appointments

LAST week we showed evidence of intent to saturate GNOME 3.0 with Mono, Novell's crown jewel and "added value" that only Novell customers can use "safely". GNOME 3.0 is scheduled to be released in September and yesterday we mentioned Zonker's audiocast with his colleague Vincent Untz, who is also GNOME Foundation Director (Miguel de Icaza stepped down 2 years ago).



“As long as Novell depends on Microsoft for cash, its agenda remains suspect.”Considering the fact that this nonsense is what keeps Novell busy nowadays, what can possibly prevent Microsoft from using Novell to make GNU/Linux desktops dependent on "promises" and conditions from Microsoft while they also advance Microsoft APIs?

Microsoft already uses SUSE as a back door into HPC, with similar new deals showing that it is a consistent strategy of piggybacking. As long as Novell depends on Microsoft for cash, its agenda remains suspect.

So again, what prevents Novell from influencing GNOME into becoming more dependent on Mono?

"There is a substantive effort in open source to bring such an implementation of .Net to market, known as Mono and being driven by Novell, and one of the attributes of the agreement we made with Novell is that the intellectual property associated with that is available to Novell customers."

--Bob Muglia, Microsoft President



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