Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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Be careful what you ask for....
by g2devi on Tue 4th Aug 2009 16:33 UTC
g2devi
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2005-07-09

Be careful what you ask for, you might get it.

Novell's Mono-mania is the one thing that distinguishes it, so I don't see Mono disappearing from Novell's agenda any time soon.

I don't see Novell being married to GNOME. Sure GNOME's focus on simplicity over glitz is more business friendly, but it is possible to create a simplified KDE default if Novell put in the effort.

The key thing is, Mono is built on Gtk+ which has better integration with GNOME than KDE. Mono can, and has been ported to Qt, so in theory it should not take much effort to have Mono's ecosystem shift to KDE if Novell decided to do so, and treat the Gtk+ buildings the way they currently treat the Qt bindings (i.e. they exist but there's no reason to use them).

So KDE SUSE would be fully Mono-fied, and KDE would both have to put up with the "KDE is infected with Mono" FUD and the "Mono apps rulez KDE apps droolz" crap from Mono fanboys and the "How dare you reimplement Mono apps in pure Qt!" taunts from Mono fanboys and the "Mono should be a part of core KDE" from Mono fanboys.

Does the OpenSUSE community *really* want to go there? As a GNOME enthusiast, I'd love to have the Mono monkey off GNOME's back. But I wouldn't wish it on KDE.

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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

The key thing is, Mono is built on Gtk+ which has better integration with GNOME than KDE. Mono can, and has been ported to Qt


No such thing. Mono isn't built on Gtk+ at all, and doesn't need porting to Qt, any more than, say, gcc needs porting to Qt. It's just a runtime and compiler, completely agnostic to what desktop you're running.

What you're probably thinking of is that most Mono-based *applications* are written using the Gtk# bindings, which is a different matter entirely.

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