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Linux, choice and Mono

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on August 23, 2008 05:29 PM
Linux IS about choice. But what does that have to do with Mono, which is all about proprietary technology? Especially when the proprietor has repeatedly made threats against Linux and open source.

If you like to program in .net, that's great because it's your choice. But you are NOT writing Linux programs, since the majority of Linux users can't run them (and note that I didn't say 'won't' run them, I said 'can't' run them, although won't is quite true as well (it's that choice again)). And regardless of Miguel's blathering about the license pasted onto Mono, you are not writing open-source programs, since until Microsoft opens .net, Mono is severely tainted.

You can choose open and free, or you can choose the patents of Damocles, but not both. They are fundamentally incompatible.


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