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[News] Linux Format Studies Novell.NET Mono in GNU/Linux

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Speak your brains

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| We’re planning A New Thing here at LXF Towers, and as part of that we need to 
| know what you think. Not just random thoughts mind; we want to know what you 
| think about Mono.  
| Is it bloated junk, or does it point the way to a brave new cross-platform 
| world?  



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...)

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