[RndTbl] Gnome = Microsoft?

Sean A. Walberg sean at ertw.com
Sat Feb 2 10:02:30 CST 2002

Don't confuse Ximian with GNOME...  Ximian, the company, is spearheading a
project (mono) to write .NET compatible services.  The recent press has
had to do with them altering the licence so that they could work with
Intel.  The licence is still fairly open (it's the X licence after all).
I think the idea is that some Intel proprietary classes can still be used
(because the GPL would have forced them to open it up).  This isn't much
different than using NVIDIA's binary drivers for X.

Much of the software on your Linux box has been touched by for-profit
companies.  There is nothing about the GPL that says you can't make a buck
off of Free software.


On Sat, 2 Feb 2002, author wrote:

> I read that Gnome will now be based
> on Microsoft .Net software.
> How can you have an free opensource
> OS with Microsoft code in it?
> Gnome used to claim that they were
> 'cleaner' than KDE because Gnome
> had nothing to do with any for-profit
> company. Now Gnome says using MS
> code is just fine. I don't want
> any MS code in my Linux box! Can
> we get Red Hat to kick Gnome out
> of the distribution? That is, if
> AOL doesn't buy Red Hat.
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