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CNET: Open-source fans try to outflank .Net

Jul 05, 2001, 16:00 (64 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

In the past, Miguel de Icaza has raised the ire of Linux advocates by saying that there are some good things in Microsoft's .NET. His company, Ximian, is planning on proving that with Open Source alternatives to .NET.

"Even as Microsoft touts the open availability of the underpinnings of its .Net initiative, open-source advocates are working to make sure .Net isn't a Microsoft-only technology."

"Ximian, a Boston company that works on the Gnome user interface for Linux, is scheduled to announce Monday a software project called "Mono" intended to compete against Microsoft.Net, according to sources familiar with the plan."

"The move, if successful, could increase the importance and popularity of the Microsoft.Net software-as-a-service strategy while undermining Microsoft's control over the software itself. But analysts caution that .Net itself is a nascent technology, and any attempts to clone it are likely to be even more immature."

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