Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Nov 2009 23:41 UTC
Red Hat "As a major Linux vendor, one might expect that Red Hat's new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers solution would be able to run on Linux servers. You'd be wrong. Not only is that not the case, but the Management Server piece of RHEV, which provides virtualization management capabilities, requires users to be running Microsoft's Windows Server. That's no typo: A Linux vendor is requiring its users to run one of its key new products on the rival, closed source Windows operating system. According to Red Hat, the plan is to have a Linux version ready by some point in 2010. But in the meantime, Red Hat customers who want to run the virtualization manager must purchase or already own a Windows server."
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Certainly the fact that Mono is sponsored and controlled by their competitor doesn't help, neither does the unclear legal status.

I think depending on an open source platform sponsored by a competitor like Novell is better than using a closed platform sponsor like MS.

Anyway, Mono has a very legal status; Microsoft published a "Community promise" ( when they say you are sure developing any implementation of several technologies, including C# and their base libraries; in other hand, Mono has developed a nice ecosystem with their own classes useful to develop new things from that with no danger of being sued.

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This is NOT a codebase that will work in Linux using Mono. It depends on too many MS specific technologies and was developed by Qumranet and used in production systems already with several customers before the Red Hat acquisition.

The effort to port it to using Mono is not going to be very different from the effort to rewrite it using Java and release it as open source with having to worry about "community promises" from Microsoft which doesn't cover anything beyond base libraries.

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