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An article that quotes rather damning material about Mono suddenly vanishes without a trace and Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza still attacks critics of patents around Mono (which he himself implicitly criticised in the now-vanished article)
OK, I'm conflicted. Last Saturday at the Software Freedom Day event in Boston, Richard Stallman called Miguel de Icaza “a traitor to the Free Software community" because of de Icaza's involvement with Microsoft-based technologies like Mono and Moonlight.
When Microsoft first created the .NET programming environment, along with C#, it made a point of offering the standard behind the language and environment to the public. Miguel de Icaza would say it was a smart move, because he’s the fellow who decided to implement those specifications in Linux…
Dear Miguel: During the last couple of weeks there has been a tremendous amount of information pouring about Mono, the free (speechwise) implementation of .NET started by you, Novell's vice-president of Development Platform, and how it should/would be handled by distros. We even had RMS himself come into the fray and tell us his take on it (which he had been mum about till now).
At the turn of this decade Miguel de Icaza was the unblemished hero of the free software movement and chief architect and co-creator, with Federica Mena, of the GNOME project, which had come into being as the free software response to KDE. Now de Icaza is regarded with suspicion because of his support for Mono. What happened to bring about this change?
Miguel de Icaza, Microsoft MVP? Yep, it's true. The open-source rabble-rouser who was prevented from hosting a session inside Microsoft's 2005 Professional Developer Conference has been accepted into the ranks of the company's "Most Valuable Professionals" less than five years later. He announced the news on his blog.