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 Richard Dale on Fri 1st Apr 2005 12:37 UTC

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..

That doesn't make money in itself.

I think C# is too complicated for most programmers to use. I'm sure it's easier to program GTK#, than GTK in C, but I just can't see normal programmers mastering anonymous delegates, transparent proxies and all that stuff. It will just go right over the top of their heads.

I don't understand why someone isn't cloning VB6 for Linux. Microsoft hasn't got a very good upgrade story to tell with a VB6 to VB.NET transition, the conversion tools aren't very good. There are millions of lines of VB 6 code out there. So why not have a dual licensed VB 6 clone, both GPL'd and a Commercially licensed version like Trolltech?