GNOME and high-level languages
Posted May 12, 2005 8:14 UTC (Thu) by vgough
In reply to: GNOME and high-level languages
Parent article: A new Harmony Project
Quote:I think RedHat is fighting a losing battle. RedHat appears to be unable
generate any excitement in the GNOME community about Java, at least not outside the
company (maybe even inside the company). This is in stark contrast to what's
happening with Novell and C#. I don't know how such decisions are made by the GNOME
project, but given the momentum behind C# in the GNOME developer circles, I find it
hard to believe that Mono-based software won't soon be shipping with GNOME.
This reminds me of RedHat's stance on KDE years ago, and it is sad to see what
appears to be the same situation brewing. I was a user/supporter of RedHat for a long
time, but eventually
moved to Mandrake (and then Suse) because RedHat wouldn't give me what I wanted
on my desktop -- KDE.
Obviously both Java and C# have a significant mindshare and aren't going away
anytime soon. Just like with KDE, eventually RedHat is going to have to realize they
need to ship what their customers' want. Having some secret objection to C# isn't
going to cut it. It is hard to garner support from open source people by displaying a
closed-source mentality (the whole "we have reasons but can't talk about them" bit). In
order to build bridges, the first step is open dialog.
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