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You are right, they don't directly work with Microsoft.... I admit, I was a bit out of line there.
It's not really Ximian (either), but the Mono Project, that's working on a .NET implementation (or support) for GNU/Linux and Unix, etc. But the Mono Project is part of Ximian, ain't it?
So, the Mono Project is about cloning the Microsoft .NET development platform!
But will it stop there?
My big concern is the Hailstorm (part of Microsoft .NET), the Passport centralized single-signon system that is being integrated into Windows XP. Do you get my picture? A centralized server, that holds ALL the information of people around the globe!!! This would of course be a Microsoft controlled server (it is Microsoft .NET - don't forget that!), but do we really want Microsoft to have all this information?
I use GNU/Linux to get decentralized (and for freedom, which (of course) could be the same), but if too much of .NET gets implemented (or available) to other platforms, would'n it give Microsoft the opportunity to collect information?
I'm sorry, but Microsoft .NET is more than just the development platform. Alright the Mono Project will clone it, but what then?
But this is a big issue for me. I do not want Microsoft in the back door! NEVER - then I rather not use a computer!