Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Oct 2010 19:00 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Well, this is sure to raise a few eyebrows here and there. Today, at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Mark Shuttleworth held his keynote speech, and in it, he announced that Ubuntu will switch to the Unity user interface come release, for both the netbook as well as the desktop, leaving the GNOME user interface behind (but keeping the GNOME platform).
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RE[7]: Comment by Luminair
by nt_jerkface on Tue 26th Oct 2010 19:05 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Luminair"
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

I actually worked on a .NET project where Linux was considered, but only because of OSX.

OSX ended up being dropped because Mono runs through X11 and the application would have required a lot of work to make it look acceptable. Monomac at least builds on Cocoa but is a work in progress. Then on top of it Mono is behind compared to the real .NET which amounts to it being unappealing for any company that wants to make a great looking Win7/Vista application. It's better suited for in-house porting.

Mono applications look fine in Linux but a divided 1% is not an appealing platform to target, especially since there is no commitment to provide a stable platform for commercial companies.

It needs to be remembered that while a port to either Linux or OSX can be profitable the investment is typically weighed against a range of options including further investment into Windows or even web or mobile platforms.

What needs to happen is for Qt to get its remaining OSX issues resolved which will lead to more cross-platform development. When applications are designed to be cross-platform from the beginning the cost of porting to additional platforms is significantly reduced.

Mono haters should be happy to know that Windows devs are not gravitating towards it. The move to WPF has left it floating in the water. Mono bashing is not even needed. Qt will hit a tipping point and no one will care about Mono.

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