How the open source .NET is as doing as well as Ruby
The one thing that you’ll find with Ruby programs is that not only are there really passionate programmers for it, but that they’ll write maybe 50 lines of code, and the application they write will generally begin to reach the stability of an equivalent application in another language, and probably have slightly more features.
A surprising analog is being set by Mono (the .net framework for Linux) when it comes to applications that are nearly as stable as their cousins (maybe twice their age), but have more features. F-Spot displaced GThumb, beagle was something brand new (for linux at least), and now there’s Banshee, which displaces the excellent Rhythmbox. I’m going to try it out right now!