As for Samba, see the comment lower down. I'm not quite sure which OpenGL patents you're
referring to: if you could please specify, I'll try to comment. The FAT patents look likely
to be thrown out (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_allocation_table#Appeal).
Other non-GNOME distributions could certainly have Mono, but it wouldn't be very natural.
Part of my point about the relationship between GNOME and Mono is that it *is* very natural to
install the latter, even if there is no formal link between the projects.
As for bigotry, I'm not quite sure where my obstinacy or intolerance lies. It's certainly not
in my attitude to GNOME, which I use on all my main machines. I'm just pointing out that
there are issues that are worth exploring in this area, which is what I tried to do with Mark
Shuttleworth, since his perspective would obviously be interesting and important. I don't
think that's bigotry.