Howdy Good Ruby Folk,

Is this a good thing?...  

Queensland Univerity of Technology is reimplementing Ruby for
Microsoft's Common Language Runtime and for use with .NET.  See
http://www.plas.fit.qut.edu.au/rubynet/.  

And this *ain't* being done for pure research neither.  If you take a
look at the very bottom, you'll see who's funding it.  You guessed it:
those mischevious miscreants from Redmond.  

So, does anyone reckon that the Redmond Cube isn't scheming away at
their usual borgification approach of adopting, breaking, dividing, and
conquering?  It might be an old tactic, but it's a goodie!  

Or, is Ruby and the community up to the challenge?  Or, is there nothing
to worry about?  And as I posed above, perhaps it is a good thing that
Ruby gets first class access to .NET, since it is mooted as being
released as Open Source.  And let's give them the benefit of the doubt
for now that it really will be a true FOSS licence.  

And while I realise that YARV will be better than CLR, if, as it appears
that it will, that Ruby.NET is released before Ruby 2.0, then what is
the
significance of this project beating Original Ruby to the punch with a
VM?  

I really don't know what to make of it.  But I feel pretty comfortable
with being hyper-suspicious though...  

So, does anyone have any interesting analyses of what it might all mean?

Cheerio,



thoran