Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th May 2011 20:41 UTC, submitted by lemur2
SuSE, openSUSE The first major effect of Attachmate buying Novell (and thus, SUSE) has come into, uh, effect. Novell, of course, is the birth place of Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework. Reports indicate Mono developers have been fired as part of the streamlining process, but according to Attachmate's CEO, they weren't fired because of Mono.
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by ndrw on Thu 5th May 2011 16:41 UTC
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People are focusing on .Net patents but are missing far bigger and far more obvious problems with Mono.

The truth is, Microsoft is a Mono's ally. Mono helps them pushing .Net to the world. Of course they only want Mono as a crippled implementation of .Net. Always one or two major revisions behind, missing important pieces etc. Then Microsoft is ahead and the rest of the world is playing catch-up. Guess what platform will people use for serious work with .Net. Guess what platform will people use for the web if Silverlight becomes popular.

Patents could (and would) become a problem if somehow Mono has managed to threaten the leader position of the official .Net implementation. That, however, is very unlikely.

It's not like Mono is bad for the OS world - it's a great compatibility framework. Just like Wine it helps to lower entry barriers, make application porting easier etc. It's a vanishing niche, though. On one hand there are cross-platform toolkits out there available to anyone who cares about portability, on the other there is the web, which thanks to great work of Firefox guys became almost platform agnostic.

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