That should be obvious, considering my whole initial point was to criticize the amount of unfounded ad hominem assertions in Jo's article.Or do you prefer ignorant , ill-informed debates?
Do you think that ad-hominem remarks constitute intelligent, informed debate?
I concur, but that cuts both ways in this case. Simply declaring your opponent an angry mob of non-contributors doesn't make the valid bits of their argument go away.The essence of FLOSS is meritocracy with a dash of democracy. Ideas should be valued by merit not by angry peasants with pitchforks and torches.
I have not used either (not because they are mono, but because I'm using Kubuntu and never took notice of those apps), so I couldn't say. Like I said, I'm not worried about using mono apps, I'm just not sure that I would choose to work with it because of the controversy. I am not arguing that mono is either good or bad, just that this particular essay brought very little intelligence to the debate.Having F-spot and Tomboy in Ubuntu by default is a perfect example of meritocracy in action.
Even though i understand the reservations of the anti-mono crowd, my hypothetical: mono snowballs in development popularity and nearly the entire desktop is mono based, Microsoft then swoops in with litigation to cripple the desktop. A vala porting sprint ensues.
I still have faith in the development community not to take steps that could ultimately lead to crippling the userland environment. as for Vala, I hope it matures rapidly and proves itself a viable FOSS development platform.
With the python vs topic, Python seems to be an amazing development platform but i have C++ programs in wine(utorrent) that run circles around their python counterparts(deluge) interms of memory usage. I'm not a dev and i know that there are hundreds if not thousands of reasons that python is THE choice, but it is not the fastest available.
In the meanwhile, I love docky, and look forward to the c++ implementation of compiz.
I think the issue at hand is if the likelyhood of MS suing about Mono and succeeding is bigger than with other free software.
what about smoking frogs. yeah. in a pipe.
dried frog guts..
or making ink from beetle shells.
what i do know is that MS has patent for XPCOM. Two of the prominent users in FLOSS are Firefox (and derivatives) and OO.org.
So far more likelier scenario is FF and OO.org crashing and burning then mono.
Last edited by zekopeko; June 15th, 2009 at 11:41 PM.
http://opensourcetogo.blogspot.com/2...wdry-tale.html rather than my own post. And not just because I've more than exceeded my monthly webhost bandwidth limit.
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