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Novell Develops for Windows Development Tools

Summary: Novell turns its attention to Microsoft's Visual Studio

SOME DAYS AGO we saw Novell integrating Mono (MonoDevelop) and Windows [1, 2]. Novell is now advancing Visual Studio as well, which makes one wonder what Novell is doing for GNU/Linux (all things considered).

Mono Tools for Visual Studio have been released to a limited number of developers for a closed preview cycle.

This first release of the Mono tools integrates four major pieces of new functionality into Visual Studio...


It's all about .NET and as James Plamondon (Microsoft Technical Evangelist) once put it [PDF]: "Every line of code that is written to our standards is a small victory; every line of code that is written to any other standard, is a small defeat."

Novell gives Microsoft some victories. After all, why not? Microsoft funnels money into Novell to get its money's worth.

Here is the direct link and some coverage from IDG:

The Mono Project has been sponsored by Novell as an effort to develop an open source Unix version of the .Net platform. "Its objective is to enable Unix developers to build and deploy cross-platform .Net Applications. The project implements various technologies developed by Microsoft that have now been submitted to the ECMA for standardization," the Mono Web site states.


So what if was submitted to the ECMA for standardisation? It does not mean that there are no software patents and it does not mean that this ECMA reference won't get ignored (then 'extended') by Microsoft. ECMA does not even offer any guarantees.

In other such news, Fedora is getting rid of Mono by default and it also neglects Mono-based software in general. Well, maybe f-spot is just an exception, but it's interesting nonetheless. Ubuntu is a more difficult case:

Ubuntu censoring rap



[...]

In fact they even not care of providing a place for discussion to happen. Ubuntu does not care about Mono issues. It’s not that people are not allowed to talk. It’s that every place they find is the wrong place. There’s no such place inside the Ubuntu community facilities.


Is has gotten very hard to inform Canonical/Ubuntu about the issues.

"Our partnership with Microsoft continues to expand."

--Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO



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