Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2008 23:28 UTC, submitted by irbis
Mono Project "Does GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza's backflip over the Novell-Microsoft deal a few days ago mean that he has finally been convinced that he is on a one-way path to nowhere? Has he realised that his own project, Mono, is actually putting GNOME on a development track that can leave it open to patent claims one day? And has he realised that creating Moonlight, a clone of Microsoft's Silverlight, (with which the company hopes to trump Adobe's Flash) is not going to advance the cause of free software one iota?"
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Oh no! Miguel is thinking for himself!
by MollyC on Wed 12th Mar 2008 18:19 UTC
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I'm not sure why this story made it to OSNews, it's about nothing except Miguel (an OSNews member) defending himself from attacks launched by the lunatic fringe portion of comp.os.linux.advocacy. There's no story here (or if there is, it's so horribly written that one can't see it).

That being said:
God forbid that an OSS advocate has different opinions on certain things than the slashdot crowd and comp.os.linux.advocacy Usenet crowd, for such is a heretic and Judas who must be shunned, ostracized, and crushed!!

It is quite irrational to spend so much time and energy trashing a programmer that is simply doing work as he sees fit. He's not committing any crimes, or committing sins, or anything like that, but he's publicly attacked for having the gall to create open source software that is not blessed by the OSS priesthood.

The irony is that Miguel has done more good OSS work than his all of his detractors combined.

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