>Response to “I eat FUD like you for breakfest” (now defunct page)
I suppose I am one of the vocal minority you are speaking about. A little known guy by the nickname of RMS is another. And yes there are others that go a little overboard.. on both sides of this debate.
First off, we obviously do care about patents. Ubuntu doesn’t play MP3s out of the box. And no, it isn’t just because we like Ogg (or FLAC) better.
Let me make this clear. In a patent-free world I would still not like Mono installed by default in Ubuntu. Why? Because we let Microsoft be the leader, we follow. They create .NET, we follow. They modify it, we follow again. We do need to follow Microsoft on some things in order to compete (like opening .docs) but we should choose our battles wisely.
I, however, am completely fine with Mono “stealing” development resources from all the other programming languages. Because,it’s not stealing resources, someone is volunteering or being paid to do the work and odds are they are having fun doing it.
It is their choice if they want to work on Mono or a complete reimplementation of a good Mono application in C++ so it’s faster, uses less memory, and is in their favourite language.
You eat pieces of FUD for breakfast? Perhaps you should stop following Microsoft.