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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There is a lot of commercial activity around Mono at this point (Unity, Codice, Second Life, MonoTouch, MonoDroid).

MonoTouch is effectively dead. Apple killed it when they changed their iPhone developer license agreement so that you can only use C and Objective C with Apple native APIs if you want your app in the app store.

I don't know of anyone that is actively using MonoDroid.

Codice? It took a fair amount of googling for me to even figure out what Codice was. I finally figured out it's a proprietary version control system. Really? When there are so many great FOSS choices out there? People are going to use a proprietary one? Maybe on Windows they will. But Linux users aren't going to use a proprietary version control system. Not when there are so many really good free and open source ones available.

Unity might be the only one you mentioned that I would agree with you is generating any significant interest.

Side note: I predict the makers of Unity are going to claim trademark infringement against Canonical for trademark infringement and demand they change the name of their new desktop interface "Unity" and demand that they change the name. It's already causing significant confusion where when most people hear "Unity" in the context of a software product, they think of Ubuntu. Not a game development system.

Edited 2011-05-05 19:43 UTC

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