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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Red Hat vs Suse
by BlackCat on Fri 21st May 2004 16:32 UTC

It's easy to dismiss the recent Mono discussions as Red Hat vs Novell, since the opinions are pretty much split exactly along the company lines. But what about the developers in the middle? There's also a lot of Mono supporters and opponents in not only the GNOME desktop project but among Linux developers in general.

What I predict is the following: People will write Mono software in the future anyway, what, we're suddenly going to quit just because MS might not like it? No real alternative to it is being pushed at the moment, and I don't see Red Hat rallying enough support to stem the tide of potential Mono developers. Novell will then ship GNOME + Mono + Apps using Mono (iFolder, Evolution extensions, new apps from the community). Red Hat will stick to regular GNOME, you'll get the Mono runtime and Mono apps from third party repositories, just like you get media players or mp3-plugins today. Most apps won't show "Hey, it's written in Mono!" in the users face, mono will simply be pulled in as a dependency when you download New Desktop App X from It's not the end of the world, I'll continue using RH but I'll also be developing with Mono.