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.
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.