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Novell Still Serves Microsoft with Mono

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Microsoft sneaks into GNU/Linux from the back door

Summary: Novell's latest developments around Mono further fulfill Microsoft's needs


ITH talks about an "OpenSUSE Mono" image and that sort of 'Banshee OS' vision [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] (the Windows version is coming), one can't help wondering what might happen to GNOME 3.0. This whole effort eases a migration from Linux/Mono to Windows/.NET, putting GNU/Linux in the inferior position. It is the same on the server side where Novell is helping Microsoft become a host platform [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. Miguel de Icaza writes about "Improving Mono's compatibility with .NET CLR", which brings to mind the story of companies that move from GNU/Linux to Windows, via Mono.

We are pretty excited about the progress and the increased compatibility of Mono with Microsoft's .NET.

Who is Mono good for? It is good for Microsoft. What is Mono good for? It is good for Windows, as we have shown before [1, 2, 3]. It's not even to do with software patents. A year and a half after his explanation of the practical issues with Mono, Beranger still can't stand it. From one of his latest posts:

openSUSE 11.1 is actually good, but I hate to need to “decustomize” it to get a decent desktop layout and no Mono...

A lot of people reject Mono, so who is Novell serving anyway?

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