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Novell Enables Microsoft Distributions

MIGUEL de Icaza is gloating over something called CoyoteLinux, which has been obscure. He claims that it chose Mono for administration tools.

Interesting find: Coyote Linux -a firewall in a box- configuration of Linux is using Mono and ASP.NET for its admin tools.


While de Icaza wants to portray this as an example of developers choosing Mono, it's important to understand why such choices are made. Here is a post from the person behind this project, who already has an interest in Windows. He writes: "I am currently working to get a test cluster online using Windows 2008 Datacenter x64 with SQL2005 Enterprise x64."

It seems safe to suggest that many of those who choose Mono tend to favour Microsoft technologies in general and to begin with. "Also, it's tied to MSVC, which is definitely not FOSS," points out Balrog.

This is not a safe route to take.

What Novell does with Mono was explained by Charles Hixson yesterday. To quote a portion:

So the Novell agreement with MS didn't offer the community ANY protection. They just pretended that it did. That was the foundation of my distrust of Novell. It also allowed Novell to slip MS technologies into it's code without danger to itself (as long as it adhered to certain practices...unless the secret parts meant that it didn't even need to do that). So the only people in danger were the ones who used Novell systems to build their code. Or otherwise adopted the MS technologies which Novell suddenly started pushing more actively.


There is a safe to test to apply whenever Mono is chosen; Is it chosen for merits, for familiarity (existing habits) or for tendencies going in Microsoft's favour?

Nomo

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