Like Mono? Hurray, it’s included!
Don’t like Mono? `sudo apt-get remove –purge mono-common` Hurray, it’s gone!
It’s that easy people. We can bikeshed about it for the next forever, but it’s not going to matter because everyone’s already picked their side of this battle and trenched in. It’s not enough to see every Planet ping ponging about Mono, or every single person on identi.ca pinging the !ubuntu group, or emails flying back and forth in the hundreds on the mailing lists. It’s not going to change until there is a reason for it to change, and right now, there just isn’t. Everyone’s just being argumentative to the point that it’s counterproductive.
Meanwhile, the rest of us would like to stop hearing about it so that we can go back to work. Things that really need to be discussed are too busy being drowned out by the huge signal:noise drop caused by all of this nonsense. We’ve got FreeDesktop.org absolutely in shambles in a time when it’s more critical than ever to get right, with the development of so much new software including another desktop completely in LXDE. We’ve got shifting infrastructure left and right with PulseAudio and udev and DeviceKit and Kernel Mode Setting and you name what else coming down the pipeline. GNOME’s got work to do on ToPaZ Two…ahem 3.0 with Zeitgeist and Shell and whatnot.
I AM AFRAID OF PEOPLE TOO BUSY TALKING ABOUT MONO TO WRITE CODE.