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Fedora Leaves Mono Out, OpenSUSE Has Second Thoughts, and So Should Ubuntu

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Summary: Mono loses ground as it gets increasingly removed and Ubuntu should follow suit (regarding Mono inclusion), argue some of its own users

OVER the past week, quite a lot has happened. Most importantly, Red Hat decided that "it's better without Mono" and Ubuntu users opposed Mono for the same reasons (bloat). OpenSUSE and Hubert (formerly of Novell) are both showing signs that Mono loses its luster (as if it ever had any) and to quote Sam Varghese:



Miguel, looks like there are traitors to the Mono cause within your own ranks. Or is it that, just for once, commonsense and logic has asserted itself at Novell and its associates?


DaemonFC from Boycott Novell adds:

"Linux Distro: "Can we distribute this?" Miguel De Icaza: "*shrug* Go ask Microsoft" [...] so Ubuntu goes whole hog and proceeds to crap up their OS with Mono everywhere [...] if it's really "free software" you shouldn't even really need to ask if you may distribute it."

Neighborlee writes in response: "as long as MOST people don't notice whats going on.. they can do it. It's when people that notice make up the majority, that they can't procede.. so that's why it [has] been so important to try to get the word to average joe and cindy."

Fred Williams writes in LinuxToday:

It would be nice if Ubuntu also took Mono off the live CD. They can leave Mono in the repos for people who want it. To get rid of the trojan horse sudo aptitude purge mono-common libmono0


"Definitely seconded!" says another person, who agrees with the above and adds:

I've been creating a custom Ubuntu live CD, and I was truly astonished how much space was wasted by this. I believe it could even be as high as in the 5 to 10 percent range.


In other news, Novell is busy developing MonoDevelop. What is it doing now? It makes an installer for Windows. It's nice to know that Novell spends its time developing Windows software that encourages development in .NET.

There are still some stability issues, and are several add-ins are still untested, but MD is starting to look great on Windows. GTK+ with the Vista theme looks really nice.


"Look really nice," eh? So why not just use Windows? Whose platform is Novell promoting? Whose API?

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