"It's perhaps the most controversial project in the open source
world, but this mostly stems from misunderstanding: Mono, the open
source development platform based upon Microsoft's .NET framework.
Immediate reactions from many dubious Linux developers have ranged
from confusion over its connection with .NET to wondering what the
benefits of developing under it are.
"Throughout the course of Mono's four years of intense
development, sponsored by Novell, founder Miguel de Icaza has had
to frequently clarify the .NET issue and sell the community on