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Re: [News] [Rival] Why Mono Proponents Show Remnants of "Zealotry"

Verily I say unto thee, that Megabyte spake thusly:

> Okay, so we've established you are opposed to the use of Mono which 
> is fine.  So isn't the answer for you to use a Linux distribution and
> Windows manager that is Mono free or do you believe that no one 
> should have the right to use Mono because you are opposed to it?  If 
> the latter can you please explain why?

Quick analogy: If you use too much salt in your cooking, you can't take
it out of the food afterwards, but if you don't use any at /all/, those
who actually /want/ salt can always add some later.

Why should the majority of Free Software users be subjected to
Microsoft's bitter salt by default, when the minority with a taste for
it could simply add it in later, and save the rest of us from being
initially poisoned, then forced to remake the soup to get rid of the

Why is this so difficult for you to understand?

This isn't about what you are "allowed" to do, it's about the influence
/you/ have on /others/ by supporting Mono, since your support of
Microsoft's toxic garbage helps spread it into the Free Software
community ... a community that comprises many people who don't want that
garbage, and moreover, don't want the Free Software community they're a
part of to become damaged by it. It helps that poisonous technology
become a defacto standard, and a default condition in most GNU/Linux

Why should users of Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, or any other distro have to
run away and seek shelter in gNewSense, just to escape the poisonous
Microsoft "IP" that you helped promote? I don't want to use gNewSense, I
want to use Fedora ... free from Microsoft's influence and control.

Inasmuch as I could (and do) simply remove Mono from my Fedora
installations, similarly /you/ could simply /add/ it to gNewSense (or
any other distro) from upstream (i.e. Novell). Is there some particular
reason you insist on obtaining this toxin directly from your distro,
thus causing every other user of that distro to be infected with it by

Including Mono by default affects /everyone/.

Excluding Mono by default affects only Mono/Microsoft fanatics, and only
insofar as they must then obtain the software from elsewhere.

This does not prevent these fanatics from obtaining Mono, but it does
protect everyone else from being tainted by it by default.

So yes, you are "allowed" to do whatever you want to do ... to yourself.
Just make sure you keep it that way.


| "The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which
| the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf
| denounces him for the same act, as the destroyer of liberty.
| Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of
| the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails today
| among human creatures." ~ Abraham Lincoln

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