Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Nov 2009 23:41 UTC
Red Hat "As a major Linux vendor, one might expect that Red Hat's new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers solution would be able to run on Linux servers. You'd be wrong. Not only is that not the case, but the Management Server piece of RHEV, which provides virtualization management capabilities, requires users to be running Microsoft's Windows Server. That's no typo: A Linux vendor is requiring its users to run one of its key new products on the rival, closed source Windows operating system. According to Red Hat, the plan is to have a Linux version ready by some point in 2010. But in the meantime, Red Hat customers who want to run the virtualization manager must purchase or already own a Windows server."
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Porting from C# to Java is equally trivial (after all C# was deliberately made very similar to Java). Just put two programmers that will rewrite the whole thing in a week or two. The difficult part is switching from one framework to another, as this requires more redesign, documentation and testing work, but that is also no better in Mono than in Java. I would rather say the opposite - Java being far more robust framework than Mono makes the difficult part easier.

In the end, why would RedHat _want_ to have one of their core products written in C#? I would not be surprised if they have ultimately moved from C# to Java even on Windows, to save some maintenance effort (that of course depends on the quality of the existing code).

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