Mono Development Platform Moves into Beta
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.