Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 1st Apr 2005 10:58 UTC
Novell and Ximian One of the highlights of Joe Barr's trip to Salt lake City last month for BrainShare 2005 was the opportunity to interview Miguel de Icaza, a mercurial star of the free software movement who has been responsible for hugely successful projects and also founded his own company with Nat Friedman that was later acquired by Novell.
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re: Business model?
by JCooper on Fri 1st Apr 2005 12:21 UTC

In the key of Mr Ballmer:

"Support, support, support, support..."

I think basing their iFolder and other products on mono is a good move - they're making money by saving time on development (thanks to the class library etc), making the code easier to maintain, and providing modern applications as part of their desktop product.

Mono will also be a key part of NLD, so customers can purchase their desktop knowing that mono will always work - and they won't have to rely on forums etc trying to get an rpm/deb/autopackage/etc working on their distro of choice.