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Novell Dominates Almost a Third of GNOME Foundation Board, Including the Director



Summary: Despite Microsoft's frantic push for C# (through Novell staff), the language is stagnating, but Novell increases its influence in GNOME

WITH the addition of Cutler [1, 2, 3], it is now made official that Novell has 2 out of 7 seats, including that of the GNOME Foundation Director.

* Brian Cameron (Oracle) * Jorge Castro (Canonical) * Paul Cutler (Novell) * Diego Escalante Urrelo (Igalia – Internship) * Germán Póo-Caamaño (No affiliation) * Srinivasa Ragavan (Intel) * Vincent Untz (Novell)


Some of the above are proponents of Mono, which Microsoft guards like a hawk as C# fails to gain traction and Microsoft looks for Free software developers to change things in its favour.

According to TIOBE's data, since August 2001 it took Microsoft 8 years to get their language to hit 6.258% usage (and it dropped significantly, they currently sit at 4.435%). Compare this with Java which has waned in popularity. Java is still at 18.051% usage and it's highest was 26.492% usage on June 2001.

What does this tell you?

1) C is gaining popularity again despite lacking garbage collection and LINQ. 2) Java is still more popular than C# 3) At the rate Microsoft is going with C#, it should be at 12% in another 8 years (rough estimate).


That's how bad C# is doing. Developers reject it, but Mono is trying to impose it upon more developers. Microsoft's MVP Miguel de Icaza is even urging GNOME developers to build applications using Moonlight (mimicking another Microsoft lock-in that failed to gain ground).

As one of our readers pointed out, the Mono proponents are currently just resorting to harassment of critics. We gave some examples yesterday.

Regular readers to this blog will hopefully have noticed that whenever Mono is mentioned we often get an aggressive response. Now with normal topics a response is usually based on a obvious love/passion for the subject at hand, yet with Mono the response is often rude, sometimes vulgar but more often than not (in my experience) combative.


Some of the attacks from Mono proponents are too vulgar for this Web site to quote.

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