Assimilate or be shunned
Pascal Bleser, who has just been elected for the OpenSUSE Board (he won by a good majority in fact), clearly seems to be defending and almost welcoming Mono in his blog. It probably would be surprising had he expressed the opposite opinion because Novell is funding Mono-based projects, promoting Tomboy even for proprietary platforms and sponsoring Banshee, which replaces perfectly-fine applications that are free from Microsoft technology.
Ryan Paul still defends this too, as he typically does. Why the apathy? They simply help the Microsoft API (along with associated software patents) penetrate a Free platform. Bleser admits that Java is a decent option, so why does he join Novell’s Java opposers [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]?
It’s an open question.
Elsewhere in the news, it’s being suggested that Netflix will deliver to GNU/Linux… but only provided that the user accepts unacceptable risks like Silverlight.
Soon, with the aid of Silverlight’s integrated PlayReady DRM, Intel-based Mac users will be able to stream their chosen content.
Too bad there's no Silverlight for GNU/Linux, eh? Maybe the legally-unsafe Moonlight from Novell will bring DRM too. That would not surprise because Novell does not care about freedom and we have been speaking for quite some time about the possibility that Novell will bring DRM to its desktop. █
“Our partnership with Microsoft continues to expand.”
–Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO