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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RE[2]: A Loose Loose situation
by lemur2 on Thu 5th May 2011 23:23 UTC in reply to "RE: A Loose Loose situation"
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I'm not going to risk losing a million dollar contract because the customer's infrastructure is Linux based, and so they have to choose a competitor's product just because my .NET product won't work on their Linux servers. Never underestimate the value of being able to tell a potential customer "Yes, it works, and is supported on your existing server infrastructure. And that is true whether your infrastructure is based on Windows Server, Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, or even Mac OS X Server." If Microsoft wants .NET to effectively compete with Java in the enterprise space, .NET has to have very good, and supported cross platform implementations that are 100% compatible with .NET running on Windows. It really is that simple.

The same argument applies on the desktop itself as well as on the server. If one writes a desktop client application in a cross-platform framework, such as Qt/Java or Qt/Python for example, then it can easily be made so that it runs on Windows, Linux or Mac desktops.

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