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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Hardly... Most software these days can be built to .NET Framework 2.0 compatibility. There have only been a few things added since then (and 3.0/3.5 are basically the 2.0 framework with extra assemblies).

Sure, and some of them are major. LINQ for Entities being an example. To the best of my knowledge, Mono doesn't even have a stable implementation of LINQ for SQL yet (just a preview version), but LINQ for SQL is already deprecated in Microsoft's .NET implementation in favor of LINQ for Entities. I'm pretty sure graphing was also added in 3.5 and probably doesn't work in Mono.

Also, ASP.NET 3.5 added quite a few new advanced AJAX backed controls that presumably may or may not work on Mono.

Also, when a customer signs a million dollar contract for an application with me, any technology that does not have guaranteed compatibility is a non-starter for me. That's why all companies producing their own versions of Java have to have their Java implementation pass the extremely rigorous compatibility test suite before they are allowed to call their product Java. With Mono, however, I really have no guarantees of compatibility with .NET. And that's a non-starter on a million dollar contract.

Also, if we bring desktop apps into the equation, I wouldn't exactly consider WPF to be a minor feature.

Edited 2011-05-06 01:05 UTC

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