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Re: [opensuse-gnome] Tomboy vs Gnote
  • From: Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 06:24:11 -0400
  • Message-id: <1274955851.11682.16.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 2010-05-27 at 12:29 +0530, Anshul Jain wrote:
2010/5/27 Andrew Wafaa <awafaa@xxxxxxxxxxxx>:
On Thu, 2010-05-27 at 07:44 +0200, Rastislav Krupanský wrote:
Rather than look at replacing something that still leads the pack with
something less featured, let's try and improve it. File bugs, test
releases etc.
Lacking some features is a true. So i´m just wondering so why Fedora
replaced Tomboy by Gnote? [1]
That's an easy one to answer: Fedora are very much against Mono due to
patent fears. They use Shotwell instead of f-spot too for the same
reason. They have spent a lot of time & effort in re-writing apps that
already exist.
Isn't there *some* element to this fear of a Mono patent trap,

No, it is 100% crap; it is just peddled by those with a fundamental
misunderstanding of the issues of software patents.


<quote>I find even "funnier" is that Microsoft supposedly holds a number
of patents in a number of areas frequently used by open-source projects,
such as HTML, CSS, C++, XML, and others. So why don't we ever see any
suggestions to avoid these technologies because the Big Bad Microsoft
might sue?

For that matter, (again) considering how vague software patents tend to
be, wouldn't many Microsoft patents on .NET stand a chance at being
applicable toward Java, Python, and other projects? (Again) Why just
focus on Mono?</quote>

This issue [against Mono specifically] is complete, total, and absolute
trumpery and should be put down once and for all with no tolerance for
further foolishness. Maybe we can stop if from clogging up the
blogosphere and hindering Open Source?

And isn't it plain enough that companies that HAVE LAWYERS don't seem
hesitant at all about using Mono? (Novell, IBM, Cannonical, Unity,
Electronic Arts, MedSphere, and others...) Some of those companies have
*lots* of lawyers and even to intellectual property surveys as a regular
part of life.

If someone is simply anti-Microsoft - fine; they should just come out of
the closet and declare that. Not stand behind the banner of software
patents and shout down everything Mono related.

Just discussing...

If one is that afraid of the specter of software patents then the only
valid discussion is whether or not to use a computer at all.
Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> LPIC-1, Novell CLA
OpenGroupware, Cyrus IMAPd, Postfix, OpenLDAP, Samba

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