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  • Mono Developers Go Bye-Bye From Attachmate

    Phoronix: Mono Developers Go Bye-Bye From Attachmate

    Attachmate completed their acquisition of Novell last week and turned the assets into the Novell and SUSE business units. This morning the first signs of changes were announced when over one-hundred employees would be losing their jobs as part of the streamlining process. Later on in the day I was then to first break the news -- a rumor at the time -- via my Twitter feed that all of Mono's developers would be losing their positions...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTQwMQ

  • #2
    What a wonderfull news! I don't wish them bad, but I wish Linux all the best, so that's why such news are wonderfull!

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    • #3
      I wish all corporate mono pushers die from starving. please.

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      • #4
        Wow. It smells in here. The anti-Microsoft zealots have already left their fowl stinch behind.

        Are you guys for real? I, for one, liked the option of having a C# compiler on Linux.

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        • #5
          While I never liked Mono, most developers where just doing their job and are no .NET fanatics like Icaza.

          Does anyone know if the firing is isolated to Mono devs or is Attachmate just completely shutting down all US-bound Linux-related development in order to to focus it on Europe/Germany like Attachmate said it planed to restructure SUSE as separate entity.

          If that was the case, other SUSE developers in USA would lose their jobs as well. I'm thinking of Greg KH for example (and seeing him go would be an actual tragedy).

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          • #6
            Well, as far as I can tell, the Mono developers make up roughly 30% of the layoffs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wswartzendruber View Post
              I, for one, liked the option of having a C# compiler on Linux.
              It's not like Mono stops being available. It's still FOSS. You can still join the team if you like Mono.

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              • #8
                Not 100% sure that means mono will bite the proverbial dust.
                From Internet News:
                "We have re-established Nuremburg as the headquarters of our SUSE business unit and the prioritization and resourcing of certain development efforts - including Mono - will now be determined by the business unit leaders there,"
                Could just be that German devs will pick it up instead.

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                • #9
                  Some entity needs to step up and make an honest-to-God implementation of the following:

                  ISO-23270:2006
                  ISO-23271:2006
                  ISO-23272:2006
                  ISO-25438:2006

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                  • #10
                    Well, while I personally would never base my business on Mono based on Microsoft's 'community promise' I always though Mono was just a good thing to have rather than not have. And while Mono hasn't exactly had a major impact on Linux software ecosystem (as likely shown by the problems in making money off Mono support), it offered a measure of platform software interoperability that will likely fade away due to these layoffs.

                    This is imo a great opportunity for Microsoft to pick up the development of Mono so that C#/.NET is still a viable cross platform solution, that said I doubt it will happen.

                    I wonder what happens to those who bought into Mono offerings such as this : http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/communi...?tag=mncol;txt

                    Must be quite a bummer.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by XorEaxEax View Post
                      This is imo a great opportunity for Microsoft to pick up the development of Mono so that C#/.NET is still a viable cross platform solution, that said I doubt it will happen.
                      Why would Microsoft want it to be a viable cross platform solution? They make money on Windows, not C# compilers.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by movieman View Post
                        Why would Microsoft want it to be a viable cross platform solution? They make money on Windows, not C# compilers.
                        Well, in my opinion the reason Microsoft looked favorably on Mono was because it offered cross platform support for C#/.NET (part of it) which is something it needs to fully compete with Java in the enterprise sector.

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                        • #13
                          Interesting to see how this plays out. I personally never saw the added value of Mono, and the few programs out there using Mono are mediocre at best. I certainly won't miss Mono if it goes away, in fact I hope it and the crippled Moonlight plugin dies. Then Microsoft can either bring a real Silverlight plugin to Linux just as Adobe does with it's Flash plugin or stop selling it's technology as cross-platform.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by movieman View Post
                            Why would Microsoft want it to be a viable cross platform solution? They make money on Windows, not C# compilers.
                            They actually do make a lot of money off of Visual Studio. At any rate, they already provide a free C# compiler for Windows, so it is not a stretch for them to continue Mono.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by movieman View Post
                              Why would Microsoft want it to be a viable cross platform solution? They make money on Windows, not C# compilers.
                              Oh, they don't want it to actually be a viable cross-platform solution, but for marketing reasons it's important that it appear to be a viable cross-platform solution. That way, they can overcome the objections of prospective customers who are worried about being locked into a single vendor/platform.

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