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.Net is Open Source. Why do I care?

If you're a .Net developer and an Open Source enthusiast, these past couple of weeks have been really exciting for you. .Net CLR and core libraries have been relicensed under the MIT license, and they've announced a forthcoming .Net CoreRT that will be truly cross platform: Windows, Linux, OSX. All these projects have been moved under the .Net Foundation with a patent promise and code hosted on Github. This is real Open Source, not just an Open Source component that you can only run on a closed platform; you can run commercially supported .Net on a fully open stack. That is awesome!

I'm a Linux guy and I use .Net

Why would any self respecting Linux enthusiast use .Net for anything? The short answer can be summed up in one word: Mono.

Diagraming software is terrible

I hate pretty much all diagramming tools. Visio is too expensive, Dia uses an ancient version of GTK+ and crashes when exporting, Calligra Flow crashes a lot and doesn't work on anything but KDE, LibreOffice Draw is pretty much the only one that isn't completely terrible but the canvas size is fixed and it defaults back to the selector tool after every operation. However, this whole HTML5 thing is finally starting to pay off.