Mono Development Platform Moves into Beta

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-06 Print this article Print

The Mono project, now part of Novell, releases a beta of its open-source version of Microsoft's .NET development platform after earlier delays. A full Mono 1.0 release is slated for the end of June.

Novell on Thursday released the first beta version of an open-source development platform that allows developers to create Microsoft .NET applications for other operating systems. The Mono 1.0 beta release comes out of the Mono project, started in 2001 to create an open-source implementation of the .NET Framework. Novell Inc., with its purchase last year of Ximian Inc., also acquired the Mono project. Ximian co-founder Miguel de Icaza continues to lead it. A full release of Mono 1.0 is planned for late June, following a second beta that should start in early June, said Novell spokesman Kevan Barney.
The Mono project has pushed back the date for releasing a full version of the development platform, most recently delaying into this year its plans for a release by the end of 2003.
The project had released multiple portions of Mono code, but the beta marks the first time that the various modules have been packaged into a version easily accessible for application developers, Barney said. To read more about Monos previous development efforts, click here. The beta of Mono 1.0 supports the .NET Framework Version 1.1 and provides .NET-compliant components such as a C# compiler, a Common Language Runtime compiler and a suite of class libraries. It allows developers to write rich clients, Web services and server-based applications that can be deployed across the Linux, Novell NetWare, Mac and Windows operating systems. Mono 1.0 Beta 1 is available as a free download at the Mono project Web site. Check out eWEEKs Developer & Web Services Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools. Be sure to add our developer and Web services news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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