[Mono-devel-list] Re: History Lesson : Mono was the first open source .net project? I dont think so.

dietmar dietmar at ximian.com
Tue Jun 3 11:06:14 EDT 2003

On Tue, 2003-06-03 at 16:49, James Michael DuPont wrote:
> --- dietmar <dietmar at ximian.com> wrote:
> > ------------------------------------------
> > 1.1.1: In the beginning there was nothing
> > 
> > In the beginning there was nothing - approximately this was the
> > situation until recently. In the meantime Mono developed with high
> > speed, and the developers implemented more and more functions and
> > classes.
> > ----------------------------------------
> [snip]
> > > It must be embarassing to allow such mistaken history to be
> > portrayed,
> > > but it seems to be the InformationsPolitik of the Mono project.
> > 
> > What? The book does not claim that mono was first - where did you
> > read
> > that? 
> I got the impression from the book that there was no other free dotnet
> implementation, not that the code of the mono was zero to begin with. 

Oh, I considered "In the beginning there was nothing" a symbolic phrase,
referring too the fact that there was no working .Net implementation for
Unix, because MS only implemented it on MS-Windows.

Anyways - i still cant see that we claimed mono was first - that is just
an arbitrary interpretation.

> The author and publishers were suprised to hear about this issue at all
> , and said they would change it. Obviously they think it is an issue.

> I find the statements about pnet on the mono webpage less than
> informative, and i think that there should be a more objective account
> of the situation. 

Well, I am also unable to find any Information about mono on the pnet
home page, so I guess this is quite normal. A Web page about a project
contains information about this specific project, and not about other
projects. Just like a "Mono" book contains information about mono, and
not about pnet.

- Dietmar

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