Re-spinning famous quotes: Linux and Cancer.

SweatyI had this thought whilst wandering down to the pub last night. It’s a very pleasant walk on a warm evening; through leafy unmade lanes in the south of Farnham and has, on a number of occasions, been inspirational.

On my jolly jaunt I was pondering the usefulness (or not) of Mono. As regular readers will know, I don’t particularly like it. There are too many ifs and butts and “unknown unknowns” with Mono for my taste. And, quite honestly, it doesn’t give me anything I need that I can’t get elsewhere.

And I was also recalling Ballmer’s famous quote about Linux and cancer.

The strange thing is, replace just one word in the quote and it makes perfect sense to me:

Linux Mono is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.

Has anyone else got any good re-spun quotes that would be more applicable than the original?

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  • Venko says:

    I agree with you completely. Mono is a scary piece of work and one language that I refuse to ever work with. The real shame is that I’ve yet to find an alternative for Gnome Do (with Docky) which means I have Mono running on my system!

    • Alan Lord says:


      I haven’t used it myself but have heard some good things about Launchy. Have you tried that?

      • Mike says:

        There is a bug in the current release (2.1.2) of Launchy that causes any application with command-line arguments included in it’s *.desktop file to be opened in gedit. Since reading this post I did try to use Launchy, but in it’s current state it’s no replacement for Gnome-do.

        Thread @ Sourceforge

  • Venko says:


    That still leaves me with a lack of a dock. I’ve tried others before the one that comes with Gnome Do and unfortunately they’ve proven very unstable. What would be awesome would be if someone rewrote Gnome Do without a Mono dependency like has happened with Tomboy.

  • Alan Bell says:

    I used AWN as a dock for a bit. Eventually I got fed up with it and went back to a Gnome panel. I don’t really like the way the dock obscures the bottom of maximised windows and I never really found a configuration I liked better than the default Ubuntu setup.

  • Tel says:

    For what it’s worth, I think that Linux distros should be pushing hard to include as much Java as possible and I think Sun has to be respected for (slowly) making this possible.

    The fact that several competing Java implementations exist is also a very healthy thing, and all told the language is just better thought out than C# IMHO. Hopefully IBM get behind the whole linux/java combo in a big way (would be nice to see), and hopefully it all moves to GPL in the long run.

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