Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 21st May 2004 01:17 UTC
Mono Project The tomato war between Red Hat, Novell and the developer Gnome community about Mono and its legal safety continued today. Novell's Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza replied to yesterday's editorial by Red Hat's Seth Nickell. Later, Red Hat's Havoc Pennington replied to Nat and Gnome's Andrew Sobala also threw a few (metallic) cents too. For future episodes, bookmark PlanetGnome (unverified rumors circulating on IRC claim that eggs might be used next if there is no sign of their lawyers meeting with Microsoft to try to give an end to the saga). In any case, you don't want to miss this.
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True loyalties
by Stephen Henry on Fri 21st May 2004 10:10 UTC

Now, I don't know Nat or Miguel personnelly, but I seriously think that they are either works towards Microsoft's agenda, or at least extremely niaeve dealing with them. Up until now, they've been quite happy to provide vague, hand-waving arguments about how Microsoft somehow has an interest in seeing MONO (in effect a cross platfrom version of .NET) succeed when Microsoft went to so much trouble to illegally undermine Java, which does pretty much the same thing. I've even read people stating on the mono mailing list that Microsoft are trying to improve their image in the industry by allowing this -can you believe it!

What the MONO people are suggesting that the all future development on the free desktop be rewritten on top of a technology that is fundamentally Microsoft's -and that CANT be good under any circumstances. Remember Microsoft is a company that has the power to demand that companies with a similiar name to Windows (a generic term) to change their name, or to stonewall countless anti-trust suits world-wide with lawyers, fabricated evidence, half-truths and out-and-out lies. It wouldn't take much for Microsoft to undermine the Mono platform.

Just something else to think about, Nat and Miguel, the people that are suggesting this undertaking where, only last month, they were pictured dancing with one of the executives of Microsoft. It is my opinion that they have got this very, very wrong and the free software community should stop it before it gets too serious.

Just imagine if the time and effort spent developing MONO, dotGNU and others had gone to a truely orignal and free equivalent to Java and Net. Sure, it may have not become a reality for a few years, but we'd be a hell of a lot further on the path to freedom than we are now. Shame.