Moonlight: Silverlight Goes Mono
Subject:   Boo!
Date:   2007-08-24 13:55:10
From:   NixaFF4
Who in the world wants to help Microsoft take over the World Wide Web? Why, so they can shut everyone not using Windows out once they have the penetration they want?

Mono in general is a retardedly stupid idea, and the more it penetrates Gnome, the more dangerous Microsoft becomes to the Gnome project in general. Not to mention Flash works just as well, and don't start with the "Mono is open-source!" counter, because it's not. Sure you can get the source, but then you put yourself at risk of being sued by Microsoft for patent infringement. And the idea they won't is stupid.

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  • Boo!
    2007-08-27 05:53:29  alan.mcgovern [View]

    Blah blah, i'm retardedly stupid, blah blah, let me blast out some shite about patents, blah blah, sue everyone. Blah blah, mono is single handedly destroying all of linux.

    Do you understand what being an EMCA standard means? If not, look it up. If mono really does infringe on a patent, tell em which patent it is. Go on. Do it. Just one patent.
  • Boo!
    2007-08-25 09:05:25  migueldeicaza [View]

    Hello Nixa,

    Some folks are under the impression that if the Linux users ignore a technology, they can stop it.

    There are a range of possibilities regarding Silverlight: it can be a total failure, and will not have an effect on the internet, to full success where everyone is using Silverlight for their web applications.

    My guess is that things will be somewhere in the middle: Silverlight is a fascinating platform, with many very useful features and some people will adopt it. It will fall short of taking over the entire web because that is just how technology adoption works.

    From where I sit, I want Linux to be on an equal footing to other platforms and I want to make sure that it continues to be a viable alternative. I have been working on Linux on the desktop for a long time (we just celebrated Gnome's 10th anniversary). There have been various recurring themes in these last 10 years when it came to the adoption of Linux on the desktop, one of them has been "Can I continue to use XXXX?", and if "XXXX" these days means web sites that adopt Silverlight then we should be able to answer "yes".

    From a technical standpoint, we like what Silverlight has to offer, and as a project, it is a lot of fun to work on.

    We clearly disagree on the importance of providing equal access in Linux to content to content that will be published on the web.