Will Mono Become the Preferred Platform for Linux Development? (O'ReillyNet)
Posted Mar 14, 2004 5:02 UTC (Sun) by huffd
Parent article: Will Mono Become the Preferred Platform for Linux Development? (O'ReillyNet)
Mono may not ever become the tool of choice for Linux, but reviewing the comments from others I think their comparison between Java and C# is what people are getting hung up on.
Java has peaked and is now on the decline (much faster than the rise).
The main problem initially to generate interest in Java, deals were struck in smoky back rooms, money changed hands, wink and a nod the whole 9 yards. To keep it on top requires constant infusion of news worthy success stories which means someone somewhere spent a lot of cash.
Now C# comes along, a direct knock-off of Java. This time however it is Microsoft that does the introduction. Bottomless pockets they can shell out the green until hell freezes over to keep their project on everybodys radar.
Whose boat do you think is going to sail further, fastest?
Windows to Linux server migrations of C# and .Net projects will NEVER happen unless there is some way to do it. In comes Mono, a little ray of sunshine.
What does Mono cost the Linux community? Wait let me re-phrase that, what do you fear to loose by Mono's existence?
While you're all sitting around with dour faces, expounding on virtues of your pet language, understand that Java would never have become the preferred language on Linux and most doubt that Mono would either.
But ask yourself, what if it did? Damn, all those open source windows applications could run natively on Linux..wouldn't that be a heart-breaker?
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