Lets boil it down from the opposing faction's view:
- Many Linux (developers,users) are wary of the Mono product.
- They are so because of its relationship with Microsoft (being developed/licensed in part by).
- They are wary of Microsoft because of its previous actions
- This is because a portion of Microsoft's actions have caused harm to competition and the community.
- Microsoft continues to take actions that can cause harm.
- Microsoft tries to further harm by attacking the freedoms of the user and the developer.
The community is not insane. It is not paranoid. We are not "obsessed". We're wary and for very good reasons (of which are littered all over this thread, not to mention the internet in whole).
I, as a user and developer, am wary of Microsoft related technologies. I boycott them. I purchased anything related to them since at least 2004. I want choice in the desktop OS space. And not the joke/farce of a choice which is Mac vs PC. I want to retain the freedoms that we've considered fundamental since the inception of the internet. I don't want big brother watching everything I do, I don't want DRM telling me what I can or can't do with my data, and I don't want companies dictating what I can do with my hardware. I'm voting against all of this with my wallet, my technology choices, and career. That's my choice and not one for you, or anyone to criticize.
But you simultaneously need to realize and recognize, just as I have... that Microsoft, and NOONE ELSE, has raised an army of people _just like me_. Developers, users, technology experts. Implementers, sysadmins, network admins. PEOPLE, who adamantly refuse to have anything to do with them. And they('ve) gather(ed) into start-ups, (have) become profitable organizations, and innovators in this space. They're not insane, they're passionate and are voting against the tyranny we've put up with for years.
For some like me, I grew up not even aware of alternatives, until I dug them up and got myself started. And its a real shame for so many to not be even made aware, let alone exposed to these technologies from younger ages. So naturally you ask "Why?". The answer is always, unfortunately, not a good one. It usually boils down to corporate greed or ignorance that has been carefully orchestrated by a large entity.