[DotGNU]Re: [Mono-list] Mono/dotGNU Love-In Proposals

Simon Cozens simon@netthink.co.uk
Thu, 16 Aug 2001 14:47:58 +0100

On Thu, Aug 16, 2001 at 02:34:03PM +0100, Martin Coxall wrote:
> I think that's what Rhys Weatherley thought. It seems that Mono hackers had 
> other ideas.

And there was me thinking I was a mono hacker.

> The idea here is to reduce duplicated effort

I thought the idea was to come up with an open source C# library.

See, you're assuming the duplicated effort is by definition Bad, and
therefore we shouldn't do it. This is, unfortunately, a flawed argument,
because the assumption isn't provable; it's especially flawed given that
we have two open source projects that can freely borrow from each other,
assuming pride doesn't get in the way. What you call duplication of
effort, I call diversity: it's why we've got more than one editor, more
than one Unix kernel, more than one mail user agent, more than one mail
transfer agent. Diversity is our strength. Think about it.

Competition is *useful*. A lack of competition in the software world
leads to... well, you know full well what it leads to.

Wouldn't you love to fill out  that  report? "Company asset #423423
was lost while fighting the forces of evil."
                -- Chris Adams in the scary.devil.monastery