Gemini version available ♊︎

Allegation: Novell Has “Profit Motive for Pushing Mono Everywhere”

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 1:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mono is all about the money

Summary: How Novell uses Mono to spread proprietary software to proprietary platforms and exclusively make money from this practice

OUR reader Brandon pointed out the obvious about Mono’s vested interests yesterday. To Novell (and to Microsoft), Mono is means for (up)selling proprietary software. It oughtn’t be so shocking that Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza publicly spoke at Microsoft less than a year ago about how software freedom makes it hard to make a living. The hypocrite himself is very rich and he has just published this post which says “I will be in Redmond from Tuesday afternoon until Friday night.”

Anyway, to quote Brandon, who is now a Fedora Ambassador (IRC log from the same date as above):

Ender2070 So much for open source: http://www.go-mono.com/store/ Oct 26 05:13
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Store – Mono .::. Size~: 27.8 KB Oct 26 05:13
Ender2070 “If you are the only individual planning to use Mono Tools for Visual Studio, then the Professional Edition is right for you. Your non-transferable license entitles you to one year of updates. $99 USD “ Oct 26 05:14
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[diablod3/@diablod3] Mono goes closed source http://ur1.ca/25p4o #wtf #microsoft !fsf Oct 26 05:16
TechrightsBot-tr Title:  Mechanical Keyboard Guide – Overclock.net – Overclocking.net .::. Size~: 167.66 KB Oct 26 05:16
Ender2070 SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension is a .NET application framework that enables organizations to run Microsoft .NET-based server applications on Linux. Based on open source Mono technology and run in conjunction with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension delivers all the performance, scalability and hardware support of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform to the .NET application Oct 26 05:17
Ender2070 environment. $200 a year Oct 26 05:17
Ender2070 I think there is a profit motive for pushing mono everywhere Oct 26 05:17
Ender2070 and its there for everyone to see Oct 26 05:17
Ender2070 if people recommend other languages nobody is going to want to buy this from Novell Oct 26 05:19
Ender2070 no conspiracy theories required Oct 26 05:19

We pointed this out many times before and it is clear that other people independently reach the same conclusion. When you support Mono you also support Novell/Microsoft and proprietary software. Mono is 'open' core, putting aside the API and patent issues.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.


  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 27, 2010 at 1:35 am


    Patents are not the only undesirable aspect of Mono. The mindset of accepting or encouraging bad quality is lower profile, yet more harmful. It is a direct affront to scientific method, the foundation of both the theoretical and the practice. Software engineering is an applied science. Computer science is hard science. In neither is their a place for opinions and marketeering to trump empirical facts. Yet, that is what we must fight against from the M$ crowd in Novell, Gnome and other pockets that have become unclean by means of M$ infiltrating the ranks and goals.

  2. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 27, 2010 at 1:41 am


    Open core, that is nothing more than a new spin on crippleware. Apple is the leader there now. What happened with 10.5 and 10.6 is terrible.

    An ideal goal would be if the company can return to showing the insight and success and direction it had ten years ago.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The challenge not is to help Apple customers see that.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:


  3. NotZed said,

    October 27, 2010 at 6:19 am


    Hold the press! … commercial entity tries to make money!

    Surely you can do better than this non-story.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It’s stating the obvious as I put it at the start. Still, when people look for motives of Mono boosters, this is a point they must bear in mind.

DecorWhat Else is New

  1. Links 24/10/2021: Ceph Boss Sage Weil Resigns and Many GPL Enforcement Stories

    Links for the day

  2. GAFAM-Funded NPR Reports That Facebook Let Millions of People Like Trump Flout the So-called Rules. Not Just “a Few”.

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission

  3. Some Memes About What Croatia Means to the European Patent Office

    Before we proceed to other countries in the region, let’s not forget or let’s immortalise the role played by Croatia in the EPO (memes are memorable)

  4. Gangster Culture in the EPO

    The EPO‘s Administrative Council was gamed by a gangster from Croatia; today we start the segment of the series which deals with the Balkan region

  5. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXI: The Balkan League – The Doyen and His “Protégée”

    The EPO‘s circle of corruption in the Balkan region will be the focus of today’s (and upcoming) coverage, showing some of the controversial enablers of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos, two deeply corrupt French officials who rapidly drive the Office into the ground for personal gain (at Europe’s expense!)

  6. Links 23/10/2021: FreeBSD 12.3 Beta, Wine 6.20, and NuTyX 21.10.0

    Links for the day

  7. IRC Proceedings: Friday, October 22, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, October 22, 2021

  8. [Meme] [Teaser] Crime Express

    The series about Battistelli's "Strike Regulations" (20 parts thus far) culminates as the next station is the Balkan region

  9. Links 23/10/2021: Star Labs/StarLite, Ventoy 1.0.56

    Links for the day

  10. Gemini on Sourcehut and Further Expansion of Gemini Space

    Gemini protocol is becoming a widely adopted de facto standard for many who want to de-clutter the Internet by moving away from the World Wide Web and HTML (nowadays plagued by JavaScript, CSS, and many bloated frameworks that spy)

  11. Unlawful Regimes Even Hungary and Poland Would Envy

    There’s plenty of news reports about Polish and Hungarian heads of states violating human rights, but never can one find criticism of the EPO’s management doing the same (the mainstream avoids this subject altogether); today we examine how that area of Europe voted on the illegal "Strike Regulations" of Benoît Battistelli

  12. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XX: The Visegrád Group

    The EPO‘s unlawful “Strike Regulations” (which helped Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos illegally crush or repress EPO staff) were supported by only one among 4 Visegrád delegates

  13. [Meme] IBM Has Paid ZDNet to Troll the Community

    Over the past few weeks ZDNet has constantly published courses with the word "master" in their headlines (we caught several examples; a few are shown above); years ago this was common, also in relation to IBM itself; clearly IBM thinks that the word is racially sensitive and offensive only when it's not IBM using the word and nowadays IBM pays ZDNet — sometimes proxying through the Linux Foundation — to relay this self-contradictory message whose objective is to shame programmers, Free software communities etc. (through guilt they can leverage more power and resort to projection tactics, sometimes outright slander which distracts)

  14. [Meme] ILO Designed to Fail: EPO Presidents Cannot be Held Accountable If ILOAT Takes Almost a Decade to Issue a Simple Ruling

    The recent ILOAT ruling (a trivial no-brainer) inadvertently reminds one of the severe weaknesses of ILOAT; what good is a system of accountability that issues rulings on decisions that are barely relevant anymore (or too late to correct)?

  15. Links 22/10/2021: Trump's AGPL Violations and Chrome 95 Released

    Links for the day

  16. [Meme] How Corporate Monopolies Demonise Critics of Their Technically and Legally Problematic 'Products'

    When the technical substance of some criticism stands (defensible based upon evidence), and is increasingly difficult to refute based on facts, make up some fictional issue — a straw man argument — and then respond to that phony issue based on no facts at all

  17. Links 22/10/2021: Global Encryption Day

    Links for the day

  18. [Meme] Speaking the Same Language

    Language inside the EPO is misleading. Francophones Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos casually misuse the word “social”.

  19. António Campinos Thinks Salary Reductions Months Before He Leaves is “Exceptional Social Gesture”

    Just as Benoît Battistelli had a profound misunderstanding of the concept of “social democracy” his mate seems to completely misunderstand what a “social gesture” is (should have asked his father)

  20. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, October 21, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, October 21, 2021

  21. Links 21/10/2021: MX Linux 21 and Git Contributors’ Summit in a Nutshell

    Links for the day

  22. [Meme] [Teaser] Miguel de Icaza on CEO of Microsoft GitHub

    Our ongoing series, which is very long, will shed much-needed light on GitHub and its goals (the dark side is a lot darker than people care to realise)

  23. Gemini Protocol and Gemini Space Are Not a Niche; for Techrights, Gemini Means Half a Million Page Requests a Month

    Techrights on gemini:// has become very big and we’ll soon regenerate all the pages (about 37,500 of them) to improve clarity, consistency, and general integrity

  24. 'Satellite States' of EPO Autocrats

    Today we look more closely at how Baltic states were rendered 'voting fodder' by large European states, looking to rubber-stamp new and oppressive measures which disempower the masses

  25. [Meme] Don't Mention 'Brexit' to Team UPC

    It seems perfectly clear that UPC cannot start, contrary to what the EPO‘s António Campinos told the Council last week (lying, as usual) and what the EPO insinuates in Twitter; in fact, a legal challenge to this should be almost trivial

  26. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IXX: The Baltic States

    How unlawful EPO rules were unsurprisingly supported by Benoît Battistelli‘s friends in Baltic states; António Campinos maintained those same unlawful rules and Baltic connections, in effect liaising with offices known for their corruption (convicted officials, too; they did not have diplomatic immunity, unlike Battistelli and Campinos)

  27. Links 21/10/2021: GIMP 2.99.8 Released, Hardware Shortages, Mozilla Crisis

    Links for the day

  28. How Oppressive Governments and Web Monopolists Might Try to Discourage Adoption of Internet Protocols Like Gemini

    Popular movements and even some courageous publications have long been subverted by demonisation tactics, splits along unrelated grounds (such as controversial politics) and — failing that — technical sabotage and censorship; one must familiarise oneself with commonly-recurring themes of social control by altercation

  29. [Meme] Strike Triangulations, Reception Issues

    Financial strangulations for Benoît Battistelli‘s unlawful “Strike Regulations”? The EPO will come to regret 2013…

  30. [Meme] Is Saying “No!” to Unlawful Proposals Considered “Impolite”?

    A ‘toxic mix’ of enablers and cowards (who won’t vote negatively on EPO proposals which they know to be unlawful) can serve to show that the EPO isn’t a “social democracy” as Benoît Battistelli liked to call it; it’s just a dictatorship, currently run by the son of a person who actually fought dictatorship

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts