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GNOME Do 0.8 Review (now with Docky)

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| This weekend, I decided to check out GNOME Do’s latest 0.8 release with the 
| new Docky task bar. As someone who has managed to avoid all the launcher hype 
| bestowed on programs such as Launch Box, Quicksilver and Ubiquity, I have to 
| admit that in the beginning, I was more than a little bit skeptical about 
| GNOME Do. How useful can this program really be? I mean, all it does is allow 
| you to use keyboard shortcuts for common tasks. I can use the the mouse for 
| that. Right? Wrong. After using GNOME Do for only a few days, it has quickly 
| risen to the top of my must-have applications list.       



Why Mono and Samba Are Patently Different

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| Samba grew out of a classic hacker's itch. Its creator, Andrew Tridgell,
| wanted to connect his PC to a departmental Sun machine, and knocked up a bit
| of server code for the latter to make that possible. It was only later that
| he discovered – to his amazement – that his program also worked with PCs
| running Windows.
| This meant that Samba, running on GNU/Linux, could function as a file and
| printer server for Windows users, which was why it became one of the first
| free software programs to find its way into enterprises, since it was
| effectively a drop-in replacement for more expensive Windows-based solutions.
| In other words, Samba is a free implementation of some protocols used by
| Windows, and was created so that free code could be used instead of
| Microsoft's.
| Now consider Mono. Like Samba, it aims to reproduce functionality available
| on the Windows platform, so that people can use free software instead: a
| laudable goal in itself. But the end-result, which depends on Microsoft's
| work, is something that encourages developers to write *yet more* code that
| uses Microsoft's approach. In benighted countries where software can be
| patented, this means that any patents that Microsoft has in the .NET
| framework are like to apply to any code developed with Mono. Like an
| infectious disease, the intellectual monopoly is spread wider.
| [...]
| This is what makes Mono so dangerous: developers that use this framework are,
| in fact, helping to disperse the poison of Microsoft's intellectual
| monopolies across the free software ecosystem. I'm sure that's not the aim of
| the Mono developers, who doubtless have the best of intentions, but sadly it
| is the inevitable result. And that is why developers and users need to be
| warned off Mono in a way that is not necessary for Samba.



Miguel, Mono and Microsoft

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| is Mono's role in the deal that of a hook to make customers write
| .NET applications because they can be run on Linux - only to find
| later on that they are armless or legless because of a change in
| the .NETspecifications, a change which Microsoft decides not to
| make public?
| [...]
| And here we have an individual who decides to replicate one of
| the proprietary company's development environments - for reasons
| best known to him alone - and keeps telling people that the reason
| he's doing it is so that he can pull people over from the
| proprietary company's side to his side!!!


Mono? Mono!

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| Note the lack of good faith:
|  Nobody said that "GNOME depends on Mono"; rather, Mono is pushed into GNOME,
|  distros are installing Tomboy and F-Spot and Beagle by default, and users
|  are intoxicated to believe that they can't live without Mono!  
|  "GNOME depends on libbeagle, a Mono program": Sir, we knew that libbeagle is
|  a C library! But why is it there? (Do you need a hint?)
|  "NDesk-DBus is replacing DBus in GNOME": I'm afraid this will happen one
|  day!
|  "Someday soon it will be practically impossible to write any app for GNOME
|  without being forced to use MONO": Yes, this is going to be true! (Alas...)


Mono to be renamed as Duo

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| Mr de Icaza told those assembled that he had always had a dual purpose in
| starting the project - to provide an implementation of Microsoft's .NET
| development framework so that Linux developers could enjoy the wonderful
| programming tools built in Redmond and also to ensure that in future Linux
| became so integrated with Microsoft that it would not be possible to pull the
| two apart.

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