"Novell today announced the availability of Mono 1.0, an open
source development platform based on the .NET framework that allows
software developers to efficiently build Linux and cross-platform
applications to benefit their customers or co-workers. A community
initiative sponsored by Novell, the Mono project makes it far
easier to build and develop applications on Linux and other
platforms, allowing developers to get software to market faster and
more cost effectively.
"'Even as Linux grows on enterprise desktops, developing
applications for the Linux desktop has been challenging because
existing tools were extremely technical and complex,' said Miguel
de Icaza, Novell vice president of development and founder of the
Mono project. 'Mono is an extremely usable, commercial-grade
development platform for Linux desktops and servers with a complete
set of tools and APIs. It's based on published standards and proven
programming languages and libraries, and Mono's cross-platform
capabilities also extend to applications for Microsoft Windows,
Apple MacOS X and other flavors of UNIX...'"
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