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Open source at the expense of your business....?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 26, 2006 12:56 PM
So you have a project that is behind, and you want to run it on Linux for what reason? Performance & stability? Cost? Ok, great. So then you choose to run it on Mono, with a bunch of 80% complete, 1/2 supported development tools, rather than doing one of:

1) Developing it on Linux with Linux proven tools that are stable TODAY (C++, Java, Perl, Python, Ruby?), or...
2) Develop it and run it on Windows with a<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET IDE like Visual Studio or Borland Delphi that is stable TODAY AND has commercial support behind it.

I'm all for Mono's success, and the article is novel, but it shows the author's lack of experience on critical projects. I run my company with a mix of Open Source and commercial software. You don't go pick a bunch of beta tools to deliver a time sensitive solution, unless you also like Russian Roulette. Hello world does not equal a true application.

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