Linked by Adam S on Thu 19th Jun 2008 14:47 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
SuSE, openSUSE A new major release of Novell's community-supported distro openSUSE 11 is now available and can be downloaded from the mirrors. Linux Format has a hands-on look at the new installer, SLAB menu and Compiz Fusion, and weighs up whether the distro can fight competition from Ubuntu and Fedora. Is this the start of a new era for SUSE?
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RE[3]: Comment by satan666
by TLZ_ on Thu 19th Jun 2008 16:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by satan666"
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Mono can help people port over their .net apps they're writing on Windows. A lot of what's stopping some bussineses from crossing the OS-border is that they have software written in .NET.

Wine doesen't help here. Mono does.

Futhermore: we need a usable, good, RAD-dev enviroment. Java doesen't seem to quite provide that(although it is meant to). We are now seeing a lot of apps that we without Mono probably wouldn't have. Also: it attracts .net devs from the Windows plattform. And not least: Mono/.NET is interesting in it's own right. It's made from the ground up to support several languages. (Java does support other languages, but it wasn't designet for that to begin with.)

Now I think a lot of native GNOME-dev could be done better with Vala or Python rather than C#, but Mono seems to really help alot of devs chunk out cool apps. That's a good thing, isn't it? Take F-Spot or Tomboy, I can't think of really similar app for Linux.

The best thing to do if you're not satisfied with the Mono-situation. Shut the f--k up and write a better alternative than F-Spot/Tomboy/Banshee/etc. If it is better people will use that instead and distros will ship that instead. That's the great thing about OSS!

And as others have commented: Novell support more than just Mono! Evolution and Compiz for instance.

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