Novell Posts Mono Beta 1

6 May 2004

Novell today announced the availability of Mono 1.0 Beta 1, an open source version of the Microsoft .NET development platform that enables Linux and UNIX developers to build and deploy cross-platform .NET applications. Sponsored by Novell and led by Miguel de Icaza, the Mono project provides a productive development environment, stable APIs and a well-defined technology roadmap, plus the benefits of .NET for Linux and UNIX.

Mono 1.0, due later this quarter, incorporates key .NET-compliant components, including a C# compiler, a Common Language Runtime just-in-time compiler and a full suite of class libraries. Other benefits of the Mono project include:

  • A superior development environment for writing Linux applications with unprecedented productivity.
  • Ability for developers to write rich client, Web services and server-side applications and deploy them on Linux, NetWare, Mac OS and Windows.
  • Tools that facilitate the creation of product APIs and SDKs that are language independent across multiple operating systems.

For more information on the Mono project and to download the Mono 1.0 Beta 1, visit

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