"To the uninitiated, the basic idea behind the open-source Mono
project--to bring .Net to Linux--is kind of hard to grasp. How can
Microsoft's .Net development platform, which is all about making
life easier for Windows programmers, be used to write applications
for Linux, Microsoft's bete noire?
"Yet after three years of toil, Miguel de Icaza, the founder of
the Mono project, has managed to bring at least some of Microsoft's
slick tooling to the Linux camp..."