clem wrote:No offence to linuxviolin but I still don't see a valid reason to boycott or even "do without" Mono.
No offense to you too Clem
but I guess you don't understand and I'm afraid that you never understand...
I respect your opinion but again the problem is not to boycott it but being forced to use it. Even a popular desktop as Gnome become more and more dependent of a Microsoft technology, aka Mono. Really, the future is dark...
So if I understand well your reasoning, you say something like: such or such thing is used/promoted by some people so we use it, whatever crap it can be... (I cartoon maybe a little but that's about what you said)
This is a "mouton de Panurge" attitude: if somebody uses something and force people to use his/her useless "invention" then all people must use it. OK, then if someone jumps into a river with a stone around the neck we must do the same and even force the others to the same thing?
This attitude is also a Microsoft attitude, to force people to use their technology, and why not just Windows too. Linux becomes more and more like it. Linux the new Windows, the future Vista-like or Windows 7-like... This way, when Linux will *really* be considered as "ready for the desktop" by each and everyone, it will be a horrendous collection of bugs — and people will ask themselves how life was when computers were not such a pile of ****.
As I said in my post here
Why haven’t people accepted the dictate of the monoculture
Because some of them were not that stupid. But right now, they are. They adopted the Mono-culture.
The advocates of the “need of Mono on Linux” don’t require Mono for something like (random example) “ASP.NET business portals using the Maverick MVC framework” — something I could understand from a business logic standpoint —, but for petty GUI applications written in Gtk#! (Once again, how could the world even exist prior to the Mono reimplementation of .NET?) Now we know why the Linux desktop environments are getting thousands of bugs and half-baked features with the speed of light in the last ~5 years: because people like them want all the eye-catching "features" of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X "ported" to Linux.
I’m tired to hear how little common sense they have and to see the perverted mind of some individuals.
Again we don't ask to boycott Mono, just do not install it by default. Like Debian for example, it is there in the repos if someone wants it but the default install doesn't install it. It's the good practice.
P.S.= Silverlight? Moonlight? What for? For a **** even more smelling than Macromedia/Adobe Flash?
K.I.S.S. ===> "Keep It Simple, Stupid"
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." (Leonardo da Vinci)
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Albert Einstein)