Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Apr 2007 21:56 UTC, submitted by suka
Novell and Ximian "Nat Friedman has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the Linux desktop for a few year now. First with his own company Ximian, founded together with Mono chief architect Miguel de Icaza, after its acquisition now inside Novell. A few months ago he has been named 'Technologist of the Year' by the VarBusiness magazine for his work around the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Since then he has been promoted to Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source, besides the desktop he is also overseeing Novells server business now. During Novells Brainshare Andreas Proschofsky had the possibility to sit down with Friedman and talk about the Linux desktop, the consequences of the Microsoft agreement and the mistakes of the Hula project."
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Flamewars or Famewares
by moleskine on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 13:00 UTC
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The 'Flamewars Are Part of the Community Culture' bit in this interview isn't very convincing. It's just a throwaway line from NF to bat off some contrary views. I bet he doesn't really think anything of the kind. As "Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source" (quel titre!) he surely can't afford to be quite so casual.

The interview might have been more interesting if NF had been pushed at little harder. For example, a potential weakness of the whole Mono thang is that it's not necessary or essential. Everything can be done better, or at least replicated, by existing tools or programs, many of them darn formidable.

If I remove Beagle, Mono, the rug/zmd stuff, the Mono apps like Banshee, and that embarrassing new start menu that's not very easy to use from OpenSuSE, I am left with something that's faster and less resource hungry (and more reliable in the case of the online updater/installer). And I get to use apps like Digikam or Amarok that knock the Mono stuff into a cocked hat. OK, I lose a monster indexer - but most folks don't need it at all, and anyway native indexers are on the way.

So I would simply suggest that Novell may be following a slightly eccentric strategy. They are putting so many of their eggs into a basket - Mono - that doesn't really have a unique selling point. I know that we're talking about an "Enterprise Desktop" here, but that's another debatable issue. Just what's so special and unique about an enterprise desktop compared to any other kind of desktop? I guess saying something like "Well, Microsoft likes it enough to have given us $320 million on the strength of our Linux strategy" would be just adding to these flamewars, guffaw, guffaw.

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