Then years later, Mono came along, which was once again similar enough
in concept to Microsoft's offering (C# and its runtime) that it should
attract developers, and Gnome/Linux would take over the desktop.
Then around 2009 or so I got tired of caring about Gnome, and started
using XFCE because it was simple and didn't get between me and my
applications. By this time the browser had finally become the platform
it promised to be 10 years earlier, so object models and garbage-collected
system languages didn't matter so much anymore.
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