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O'Reilly .NET Devcenter: Miguel on Mono

Feb 08, 2002, 17:16 (32 Talkback[s])
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"The JIT is now "self-hosting on Linux ... It can pretty much run anything we throw at it," Miguel said, happy to be free of relying on Microsoft's C# (pronounced c sharp) compiler. JIT allows him to work on Unix instead of having to switch to Windows for compiling. He said he can't release performance data comparing Mono's JIT engine to Microsoft's JIT, but does admit that Mono's is slower.

Miguel said that before his company works on optimizing performance, it will focus on making the compiler feature complete. Then, the next two features Ximian will address are security infrastructure and garbage collection.

Why is Ximian interested? Miguel said Mono will not only help the company internally, but could also help it land new clients. Mono will give the company a stronger platform for developing commercial applications, and if more developers move to Linux as their primary working environment, that increases the number of potential clients for Ximian's software support and services business.

Mono's next major milestone will be to have smart clients running on Linux by June 2002, Miguel said. He is optimistic that there will be Windows Forms applications developed on Windows running on Linux by this summer."

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