In a sudden movement, some inexistant ‘Attachmate’ people bought Novell, in a move that shows that brands are not enough in IT. Along with it came the laying off of the Mono guys that worked for Novell.
I wasn’t a fan of Mono until I actually started working with C#, which I deem a wonderful language, and a very smart piece of technology. But since this didn’t happen until 2 months ago, you can understand my disappointment in the news of Attachmate finishing Novell. On the other hand, I was pretty sure that things won’t end up like this – even Microsoft wants to have Mono working as a proof that C#/.NET is platform independent.
The outcome was obvious. Miguel de Icaza (I really don’t like him, but he has a point with Mono) annouced that he’s building a new company that will deliver support for some marketable parts of Mono: the iPhone and Android .NET implementation. This is good news. This means, in short, that Mono will be maintained by a commercial company (until, hopefully, someone stronger will buy them off).
In the mean time, since we’re talking about programming languages, RedHat’s Gavin King has made a presentation of Ceylon, the Java successor. I somehow doubt that there’s enough space in the programming world for a new language (Google Go is one example of such misguided attempt), so as much as I admire RedHat, I still don’t believe that they can push a new programming language. The only thing they could try to attempt is, maybe, to team up with Google and create a Java 3 (please, guys, learn from C#, and do a better version of it). Of course everyone is frustrated to see Oracle take over Java the way they did, but if Java wants some reasons to exist, it should look towards getting better at doing it’s core business, that is being the most efficient OOP language in the market. It started with this intention, it didn’t go on like that, and, seriously, guys, there has to be something better than that framework. (another report on the story here)
In other news, Eric Schmidt comes out in the open to say that they (Google) would fight an injust law anti-piracy. It’s nice to see some determination from these guys – after all, they have been doing the biddings of the music industry for too long now. I hope he will maintain his opinions when or if the law passes the US congress, because then ranting in UK newspapers will hold little value.
And finally, next week I will attend (this time NOT as a speaker) the Brașov Geekmeet #7. While I don’t believe that Geekmeet will ever be really ‘geek’, I am keeping my eyes open, and I’ll go have a look.