Mono 2.0 for Cross-Platform Microsoft .NET

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Waltham, Mass. — Oct. 6
The Mono Project, an open source initiative sponsored by Novell, announced the availability of Mono 2.0, an open source, cross-platform .NET development framework. Mono 2.0 provides all the necessary software to develop and run .NET client and server applications on Linux and other operating systems.

The Mono 2.0 release is now compatible with the desktop and server components of version 2.0 of the Microsoft .NET framework and features the Mono Migration Analyzer (MoMA), an analytical tool for .NET-to-Linux migrations.

According to an International Data Corporation study, nearly 50 percent of IT decision makers, developers and architects surveyed reported that they use Microsoft .NET as the application technology platform on which their mission-critical applications (excluding e-mail) run. With Mono 2.0, developers can leverage their existing investment and skill sets to build .NET 2.0 applications for deployment on a variety of platforms, including Linux, Solaris, Unix and Mac OS X.

“Mono 2.0 gives .NET developers the freedom to run their applications on a wide variety of operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS, and Unix,” said Miguel de Icaza, vice president of development platforms at Novell and maintainer of the Mono Project. “Mono 2.0 benefits a wider range of developers, ISVs and end users by allowing them to write their applications once and run them on any OS platform, dramatically increasing portability and expanding their market reach.”

Mono 2.0 now includes MoMA, the Mono Migration Analyzer. MoMA, which runs natively on .NET or on the Mono framework, helps developers quantify the number of changes required to run their .NET application in a Linux environment. In an analysis of 4,600 .NET applications using MoMA, 45 percent of the applications required no code changes to work with Mono. An additional 24 percent of the applications were shown to require fewer than six code changes to run on Mono.

One of the most recent successful uses of the Mono framework was the rapid development of Moonlight, an open-source, Mono-based plug-in version of Microsoft Silverlight, which is used to create and host next-generation applications.

New features the Mono 2.0 boasts include easy installation; comprehensive platform, hardware and API support; performance upgrades and useful downloads.

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