Novell has launched a test release of an open-source project that recreates Microsoft's .Net programming framework on Linux and Unix.
Novell inherited the Mono project through its acquisition of open-source software maker Ximian last year. The project, started in 2001 by programmer Miguel de Icaza, operates under the auspices of Ximian. The goal of Mono is to allow .Net programmers to build applications that work across Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems. Microsoft, which developed the .Net Framework, only makes available .Net code for the Windows operating system. The ability to span multiple operating systems with a single programming model is important, since many companies maintain Windows, Linux and Unix systems.
Microsoft's .Net software includes programming tools and the .Net Framework, the software plumbing installed on Windows machines that's needed to run .Net applications. The Mono project is taking advantage of published specifications for .Net to re-create the environment for Linux and Unix. Since Novell acquired Ximian, its plans for Mono, which is tightly linked to rival Microsoft's efforts, are being closely watched. The test release of Mono, originally expected by the end of 2003, was delayed last fall.
News source: C|Net News.com