Novell Promotes ASP.NET, Demotes OpenSUSE
Feb 23, 2009, 10:03 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Less than a year ago we saw Novell Web pages requiring the use
of Internet Explorer, but to make matters worse, Novell is now
investing resources in promoting and spreading ASP.NET. Well done,
Miguel, well done...
"This came just shortly after some massive layoffs at Novell
(gist below). What is their strategy then? They hire Mono
developers to assist .NET promotion/proliferation...
"Over the past week we've written quite extensively about all
the Moonlight/Moonshine hype that Novell had generated in the press
despite the fact that there was no news at all (other than
compatibility milestone) [1, 2]. In fact, even Moonshine was not a
new release, but its buzz was timed so as to serve as a sidekick
with the Moonlight press release, which was followed blindly by
reporters who failed to realise that it was very old news.
"Sadly, the hype prevails as Mono continues to be covered,
having been initially injected into the Microsoft-sponsored
Slashdot. Paul Krill's article for InfoWorld later reached IDG's
MacWorld and David Meyer's article (also noted before) reached
Silicon.com. They are trying to moon everyone, leading to the
perception that Moonlight is wonderful and that Silverlight is
cross-platform, which it is not. As a result, some additional Web
sites unknowingly shut GNU/Linux users out, the latest example
being CBSSports. Microsoft uses Novell to pretend that GNU/Linux
are not being excluded (see the comments).
"There is a coordinated campaign, as noted before, to hype up
Silver Lie using lies, so even Free software initiatives get a slap
in the face. The (very old) news about Moonlight 1.0 also sneaked
its way into Asian publications."