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The H On Moonlight
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| Will we now hear The Hâs author decried as
| a âzealotâ or âfearmongererâ for pointing
| out de Icazaâs obsession with emulating and
| promoting Microsoft technologies? Or,
| perhaps, a word of apology for painting RMS
| in such lights for his equivalent
| I suspect the latter shall not happen,
| though some may call me a cynic.
| Moonlight can be used, at least in the
| short term, if you have obtained your
| software through Novell. Otherwise, you
| are cast adrift in a no manâs land
| where it is not always apparent what is
| permissible and what is not.
| Even though I think the author is too kind
| here, I am also pleased that he is not
| merely parroting the (failed) attempt by
| Team Moonlight to pretend that the new
| âCovenantâ is some sort of improvement over
| the old â which was downright offensive in
| the first place.
| [T]he Mono developers have appeared to
| gain strength and unity from adversity
| and see themselves as united against
| the rest of the world.
| This is the most brilliant insight of the
| article, and it articulates something I
| have long found fascinating. Team Mono has
| a core of supporters that are simply not
| interested in the truth or discussion. They
| will adopt (and endlessly repeat) any
| argument that they think supports their
| cause, and they will immediately dismiss
| any argument with any means that they think
| supports their opposition.
Miguel de Icaza, Microsoft MVP?
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| Yep, itâs true. The open-source rabble-
| rouser who was prevented from hosting a
| session inside Microsoftâs 2005
| Professional Developer Conference has been
| accepted into the ranks of the companyâs
| âMost Valuable Professionalsâ less than
| five years later. He announced the news on
| his blog.
| De Icaza is the leader of the open-source
| Mono project, sponsored by Novell, which
| previously set off alarm bells inside
| Microsoft for its ability to expand
| Microsoft .NET applications to other
| platforms, including Linux. Relations
| between de Icaza and Microsoft have warmed
| following the Redmond companyâs partnership
| with Novell.
| Heâs also on the board of the Microsoft-
| supported CodePlex Foundation, Meanwhile,
| Mono spin-off project Moonlight, an open-
| source implementation of Microsoftâs
| Silverlight interactive technology, has won
| the blessings of the Redmond company.
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| What this does illustrate, I think, is something that is already obvious to
| anyone that has been following the Mono controversy: there are people that
| are just as âextremeâ and unwilling to listen to reason as the most zealoty
| charactertures painted by the Broad Brush of the Most High and (Self)
| Righteous Community Gatekeepers.
| You can spot these people by the mindless regurgitation of other peopleâs
| talking points and the inability to make even the slightest concession to any
| opposing argument; the gleeful participation in any manner of attack or
| disinformation; the uncritical embrace of anyone or anything that supports
| thier position. A sure sign is charging the opposition with the very crimes
| they themselves are in the act of commiting.
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