After one of the longest held oppositions in the GNOME community, Fedora Core 5 will ship with Mono included.
Could this be the end to the longstanding debate between the opposing views of “Mono is the self-actualization of the Linux desktop” and “Mono is the Beast of Novell, sent to destroy us.”
In the interest of disclosure, I have a bit of a halo effect regarding Novell, not in small part due to their stock’s recent performance. However, I’ve used a few Mono apps, Beagle, F-Spot, and Tomboy, and here’s the thing: they’re useful apps. Moreover, aside from something like Apple’s Spotlight, Beagle doesn’t really have a clear competitor in the proprietary software world. This makes Mono a clear selling point for the unwashed masses of PC users looking for a new way to think about computing.
So where does the truth lie? Well, Mono is based on Microsoft technology, which makes me more than a little uneasy, but if a company like Novell will stay behind it, it certainly makes writing quality apps a little more rapid.