[MonoDevelop] Review of MonoDevelop

MarLOne InfoSeeker002 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 14 04:56:42 UTC 2013

Jeff Stedfast wrote
> If you want to see insanity, see the Talk page.

Pardon my ignorance. Where is the Talk page?

Well thanks for many comments on the Mono in Linux. Many of the points
raised are already known to me as I have been with the .Net (it once known
as COM3 in Redmond lab) before released to the wild . 

Other involving potential hidden minefields in the form of patent violations
are also known to me but since I am not a legally trained person, I can't
comment on them other than acknowledging that they are there if you say so. 

If one looks at .Net, several things look kind of strange:
1) Why does Microsoft spent so much effort to make CLI & C# not only ECMA
but also ISO standard and releases it if it is just a proprietary platform
and language. Sure that does not covert the vast and ever growing collection
of the .Net framework.

VB (unmanaged) had been there for a long time receiving great popularity and
no standard was sought. Java likewise is a proprietary language and

Standardising a platform for just one company seems rather strange and

2) .Net's entire architecture is to support cross-platform but MS has pulled
the horses up at the chasm. Why?

3) I know there has been warm relationship between MS and Miguel Da Icazza
credited for starting Mono. I believe MS shut down Python.Net project and
gave that to an open-source group in which Miguel is part of it.

4) During the beta stage of .Net, Rotor, the open-source version of .Net
CLI/CLR, is compilable to Windows, FreeBSD and Mac OS. I also heard back
then a rumour that MS was talking to Corel with the possibility of porting
.Net to Linux. But my probing led to dead end. Which is the clearest
indication that .Net is designed to be cross-platform. Could it be that MS
wanting someone to take up the baton and turning a blind eyes on it? Hence
Mono has been left to move at its own pace and thrives.

Just find Microsoft's .Net initiative very intriguing. If those patent
minefields are there and MS wanting to eliminate competition, they would
have done so long ago. If they do that, it will make Java the only large
scale deployed cross-platform language/platform and it could actually come
back to destroy Microsoft's .Net initiative. That's my take.


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