Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 18:25 UTC
Debian and its clones Well, this is interesting. We already have a Mono item ruffling some feathers on OSNews today, but here we have the apparent news that Tomboy has become a default part of GNOME on Squeeze, the next release of Debian. Wait, what now? Update: I've updated the article with Fedora's position in all this. Read on! Update II: Josselin Mouette replies.
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RE[4]: Why not?
by abraxas on Mon 15th Jun 2009 12:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why not?"
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Novell could have negotiated a patent peace concerning Mono between the whole of the community and Microsoft, instead they chose to just protect themselves.

They could have but it makes no business sense to protect competing companies. We have to remember that we're talking about companies out to make a profit. Trusting them to protect anyone's interest but their own is naive.

And having all free Linux distros depending on Mono would allow Microsoft to FUD them.

How so? I think Mono only lends more credibility to .NET.

Trying to keep Mono out of your core dependencies makes sense, because in the world of "big company vs. small company" lawsuits, having to enter the struggle usually is a defeat for the small company.

If we always thought like that we would have ceded the entire software market to Microsoft a long time ago.

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