Shut up about Mono! Or Banshee. Or anything Mono related. Please!
It’s not like anybody is saying anything new either. I’ve read two-page blog posts which contained no information about Mono whatsoever, and instead replaced content with vague allegations about patents, Microsoft, followed by yells of FREEDOM! Think Braveheart here.
As far as I know, Mono is open source, and released under the GPL. As far as I know, Mono has been included in Ubuntu for three years now. Why are people yelling about it now? Because it became the latest internet hype, that’s why.
What’s the problem anyway? I’ve read something about “leaving us open to Microsoft patent attacks”. If that’s indeed the case, Microsoft has been keeping it well-honed sueing instincts in check surprisingly well these past three years.
And who’s “us” anyway? If Microsoft sues the distributions which include Mono by default (which I don’t believe for a second they will), I’m sure Ubuntu can handle it. If “us” is the end-user…ah, that means that all you Mono-raving rabbits in the US don’t install the resticted modules either? I’m sure you all buy your codecs at Fluendo and your entire music collection ends in .ogg.
And I just bitched an entire blog post about how I dislike people who use the internet for bitching. Drat.