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Mono Goes to Beta

Mono Goes to Beta

Novell has posted the first of two proposed public betas of Mono 1, the open source version of Microsoft's .NET development platform that it assumed sponsorship of when it bought Ximian, the desktop start-up.

Mono is supposed to make it possible for Linux and Unix developers to build and deploy cross-platform .NET applications.

The beta is the first release to split Mono into 30-odd packages for better distribution granularity, Novell said. It also includes the Global Assembly Cache for the first time.

Evidently Novell is expecting the beta to wrap up later this quarter.

Mono 1.0 includes a C Sharp compiler, a Common Language Runtime JIT compiler and a full suite of class libraries.

The widgetry is supposed to offer Linux developers a superior environment of "unprecedented" productivity. They can write rich client, Web services and server-side programs and deploy them on Linux, NetWare, the Mac OS and Windows. The tools used to create product APIs and SDKs are language-independent across multiple operating systems.

Mono isn't all of the .NET Framework, just the parts that Microsoft gave to ECMA, and ECMA in turn gave to ISO for standardization. Although patents are involved, Microsoft is supposed to be letting anyone who wants to, for whatever reason, implement the stuff for free.

There are two stacks of APIs in Mono: a Unix, Linux, Gnome Mono stack and a set that's compatible with .NET Framework 1.1 that supports ASP.NET (Web services and Web forms), ADO.NET and other components.

There are preview packages for Mono 2.0 in the beta with System.Windows.Forms support.

Novell is eating its own dog food and using Mono to develop the iFolder 3.0 file system and the F-Spot photo management program.

Mono runs on Red Hat 9 and the Fedora Core 1, SUSE 9 and SLES 8 and Windows 2000 and XP.

See www.go-mono.com.

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