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Quick Mention: Removing Microsoft/Novell from Ubuntu 8.10

"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



Many of our readers use Ubuntu GNU/Linux and some of them might soon upgrade their installation (unless this was already done). There's help at hand for those who want to remove Mono quickly and painlessly from Ubuntu 8.10 (codename "Intrepid Ibex").

Fortunately, the dependency management tools mean that we don’t have to remove each one of these files on it’s own. The single package mono-common is a common dependency for everything above apart from libmono0.

So the command to purge yourself of all the Microsoft infected software is as follows:

sudo apt-get remove --purge mono-common libmono0

This command will remove almost 60MB of crap from your hard drive and free you from eternal damnation and suffering. Well, OK. Perhaps it’s not quite that bad, but I personally have no wish to use software that is so tainted. Nor for that matter do I want to use code that is so tightly bound to a company that, amongst other things, manages to screw us all out of significant tax revenues.


We will need to create a resource page on Mono at some stage. The only thing close to it is out of date.

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