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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"DUnfortunately, Mono is also a non-starter if they can't keep up with Microsoft and release new versions in parallel, as well as guarantee compatibility with the Microsoft implementation of .NET.
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). .NET Framework 4.0 is required for some of the hot new Silverlight stuff - but unless you need that, Mono can likely still run most of the .NET software out there. Any developer who targets the 4.0 framework needlessly is probably shooting himself in the foot. Update: Existing compatibility is key, however... "

Any developer who targets .NET at all is probably shooting himself in the foot. The only platform for which .NET applications can be developed without risk is Windows. All existing Mono applications (for Linux) call components of .NET which lie outside of the ECMA parts, and therefore they lie outside of Microsoft's Community Promise (which only applies to C# and CLI, not to all of .NET).

Any developer who targets multiple platforms should avoid .NET entirely (if you must use C#, use it within the Qt framework, not Mono). Doing so is the only way to put down the footgun.

Edited 2011-05-06 01:10 UTC

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