OpenOffice.org releases 3.0, faces new challenges
Posted Oct 16, 2008 15:38 UTC (Thu) by anselm
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The big difference may be that while you can exist in perfect comfort
on a Linux system without using Mono at all, you can't very well do that
the Linux kernel. While possible patent infringement in the Linux kernel
is a necessary evil, using Mono just means avoidable exposure. When you
are a developer it means basing your code on something that might
go away at any time, when perfectly workable alternatives exist that do
not carry the same risk at all.
Also, these days, attacking the Linux kernel over a
software patent essentially means attacking IBM. The one thing you do not
want to do in the software patents world is attack IBM, so Linux seems to
be reasonably safe. In comparison, Novell is pretty much a non-entity.
Personally I have decided that for me, Mono isn't worth the trouble.
There is literally nothing written in Mono today that I think is worth
having, and I do not find it compelling as a development environment
compared to other free alternatives, so until that changes Mono stays off
my machine. For the record,
I also try to avoid Java stuff wherever I can.
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