Summary: Another GNU/Linux distribution throws Mono out; Microsoft’s foundation may adopt more from Novell
gNewsense’s strongest point is that when you install it you are running completely free software. It was very nice to see that Mono and subsequently f-spot, tomboy et al are absent from this distro.
They would actually have to manually remove it from Ubuntu.
Miguel snuggles closer to Microsoft
De Icaza himself has no qualms about pointing out that he was kicked off the board of the FSF for “refusing to be an active part” in what he says was a campaign to rename Linux as GNU/Linux. This sits somewhat at variance with the glowing descrption of him as an open source advocate but never mind.
The CodePlex Foundation is a commercial entity. The board, set up under the non-profit rules of Washington State, has complete control over the foundation and is also self-perpetuating, according to a detailed analysis by Andy Updegrove.
We wrote about the CodePlex Foundation in:
- OIN Receives Thanks from Many, CodePlex Foundation Receives Thumbs-Down from Many
- Miguel de Icaza Joins Microsoft
- Why Microsoft’s CodePlex Foundation is a Promoter of Proprietary Software
- Microsoft Runs Away from the Press After Trying to Have GNU/Linux Sued by Proxy
- CodePlex Foundation Loves Software Patents and What MonoTouch Means to Microsoft
Some people whom we spoke to hypothesise that Sam Ramji's departure may be followed by de Icaza’s appointment. Linux.com has this rather weird list of improper candidates for the most part (Microsoft-hostile folks)
Who Will Fill Sam Ramji’s Role as Microsoft’s Open Source Leader?
Obviously, Microsoft likely is already working on internal lists of desired candidates to take Ramji’s position, but at least one name has already popped up online inside the open source community.
Watch this list. Novell’s Zonker is in there too. █
“There is a substantive effort in open source to bring such an implementation of .Net to market, known as Mono and being driven by Novell, and one of the attributes of the agreement we made with Novell is that the intellectual property associated with that is available to Novell customers.”
–Bob Muglia, Microsoft President