[Mono-list] Ask Microsoft: Mono support

Carl Olsen carl@carl-olsen.com
Wed, 27 Oct 2004 07:14:33 -0500

I didn't find Microsoft's position to be negative at all.  I agree that ease
of use and standardization is needed on Linux platforms.  Mono provides
exactly that.  I've been programming mostly with Microsoft Visual C# for the
past year or two and I find it fairly easy to learn to program with C# on
Mono.  If I had to use another language, I'd be completely lost.  I'm only
guessing, but Mono could lead to a flood of applications being developed for
Linux platforms which would only increase the attraction to Linux.  I like
Microsoft products because so many people are using them that there's quite
a body of knowledge floating around amongst general users, but I'm not
opposed to competition.  I find Linux to be difficult to work with, but I'm
sure it's only because I'm unfamiliar with it.  Competition is a good thing
for consumers.  I want to thank Microsoft for making C# open source and I
want to thank Novell and all the people who have worked on Mono for giving
us more options instead of less.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: mono-list-admin@lists.ximian.com [mailto:mono-list-
> admin@lists.ximian.com] On Behalf Of Jonathan Pryor
> Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2004 6:00 AM
> To: Jonathan Stowe
> Cc: RoBiK; Mono-List
> Subject: Re: [Mono-list] Ask Microsoft: Mono support
> On Wed, 2004-10-27 at 06:48, Jonathan Stowe wrote:
> <snip/>
> > Yes this all true but (and possibly only in my reading) the "attempt by
> > Novell" phrase appears to be trying to give it an entirely negative
> > connotation.
> I suppose that does have a slightly negative connotation.  More galling
> to me is that Novell isn't the only entity involved; lots of individuals
> are also involved, as is Mainsoft (and likely other companies).
>  - Jon
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