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As Mono Runs Out of Money Developers Avoid It

--Schestowitz 01:11, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Co-authored with <a href="http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/User:GoForbes28" title="G. Forbes">G. Forbes</a>


Monetary losses make Mono less appealing to developers


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A while ago in our IRC channels, <a href="http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/User:GoForbes28" title="G. Forbes">G. Forbes</a> stated that BZFlag developers were considering using Mono for future releases. After further investigation it turned out that this idea had come just days before AttachMSFT laid off the entire Mono team. To quote <a href="http://stats.bzflag.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=17280&sid=49fb0189085799c9e988fb51a98b1e21">this page from the BZFlag forums</a>, "C# was a serious suggestion. With the help of Mono, we could use a single set of binaries across Windows, OSX, Linux, and whatever else supports Mono. We could write a lightweight launcher application for each supported operating system and have that handle downloading the latest version automatically and starting it."

Mr. Forbes told us today that, based on follow-up research, <a href="http://stats.bzflag.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=17280&sid=975080a654006115585843a6c8b77196&start=25">BZFlag has given up on the idea</a>. A more recent message on the forum enquired, "Will it be built using .NET/Mono? Because considering the current situation surrounding uncertain future Mono development, as well as the looming patents issue, I wouldn't think it would be a wise decision." The answer, provided by a developer, is "No".

While we are discussing Mono, we ought to clarify about our [cref 48941 Fedora-Mono article from yesterday]. When we said "removing Mono", we meant "removing it from the default installation". By comparison, Debian does include Mono in the default installation (http://techrights.org/category/debian/). Someone from the Fedora community has asked us to clarify this. As an aside, another member of the Fedora community has just <a href="http://mairin.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/fedora-sparkleshare-howto/" title="Version-controlled, automagical backup and file sharing system with Sparkleshare and Fedora">recommended a Mono-based application</a>, Sparkleshare [[cref 38364 1], [cref 38507 2], [cref 33362 3], [cref 38613 4], [cref 38846 5], [cref 38897 6], [cref 39546 7], [cref 39636 8], [cref 40027 9], [cref 47324 10], [cref 47764 11]]

Relying on anything Mono right now is risky because Mono has no financial security, with [cref 48911 funding provided only from Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza] and another as-yet unnamed party. It is also <a href="http://nat.org/blog/2011/05/xamarin/" title="Xamarin">proudly headed</a> [cref 48952 by someone who used to work for Microsoft]. Moreover, Novell's patent deal with Microsoft expires within months, which enhances the magnitude of the [cref 15000 patent threat]. <a href="#top">█</a>

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