Novell Announces Availability of Mono 1.0

- Mono 1.0 is an open source development platform based on the .NET

framework that allows software developers to efficiently build Linux and

cross-platform applications

- Mono includes a C# compiler, a .NET-compatible runtime and two stacks of


Jun 30, 2004, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell today announced the
 availability of Mono(TM) 1.0, an open source development platform based on the
 .NET framework that allows software developers to efficiently build Linux* and
 cross-platform applications to benefit their customers or co-workers. A
 community initiative sponsored by Novell, the Mono project makes it far easier
 to build and develop applications on Linux and other platforms, allowing
 developers to get software to market faster and more cost effectively.
     "Even as Linux grows on enterprise desktops, developing applications for
 the Linux desktop has been challenging because existing tools were extremely
 technical and complex," said Miguel de Icaza, Novell(R) vice president of
 development and founder of the Mono project. "Mono is an extremely usable,
 commercial-grade development platform for Linux desktops and servers with a
 complete set of tools and APIs. It's based on published standards and proven
 programming languages and libraries, and Mono's cross-platform capabilities
 also extend to applications for Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS X and other
 flavors of UNIX."
     Mono includes a C# compiler, a .NET-compatible runtime and two stacks of
 application programming interfaces (API) -- a Mono stack that takes utmost
 advantage of Linux servers and desktops, and a set of APIs compatible with the
 Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 that provides support for ASP.NET, ADO.NET and
 several other components. To further aid software developers, a new Web site
 -- -- has been launched with tools, resources,
 project roadmaps and detailed information about Mono. Previous project Web
 sites focused on creating and contributing to Mono, while the new site caters
 to users of Mono and those deploying applications with Mono, in addition to
 project contributors.
     With hundreds of developers around the world contributing to Mono, it is a
 recommended platform for building desktop applications on the Linux operating
 system, and Novell is using Mono internally in the development of products
 including iFolder and ZENworks(R). Since the Mono Beta 1 was released May 4,
 more than 50,000 copies of the software have been downloaded.
     "The Mono project is not only delivering on its promise as a complete open
 source development platform based on .NET, but it also offers tremendous
 cross-platform support," said Philippe Cohen, vice president of products for
 Mainsoft Corporation.
     Matthias Bauer, head of development for Voelcker Informatik AG, a Berlin-
 based consulting company working with the City of Munich, said, "With Mono we
 can integrate Linux systems into our IT service management solution. Mono is a
 very important step that allows us to easily create cross-platform management
 solutions and integrate Linux as a manageable server system into standard
 Microsoft networks."
     Mono 1.0 incorporates key .NET-compliant components such as a C# compiler
 and a portable execution system that includes just-in-time (JIT) and pre-
 compilation support. In addition, the Mono project provides:
     -- An advanced development environment for writing Linux applications with
        unprecedented productivity.
     -- Comprehensive APIs for delivering rich client, Web services and server-
        side applications.
     -- Cross-platform deployment capabilities, supporting Linux, Sun Solaris*,
        Apple* MacOS X, Microsoft Windows* NT/XP and various other UNIX*
        systems on a variety of architectures.
     -- Highly effective tools that facilitate the creation of product APIs and
        software development kits (SDK) that are language independent across
        multiple operating systems.
     -- The cross-platform Gtk# GUI programming library that allows developers
        to target Linux, Windows and MacOS X with a single code base from any
        of the Mono compatible programming languages.
     -- Support for several languages such as VisualBasic, Python, JScript and
        Java. Through the open source project iKVM, Mono includes Java support,
        making the popular language an able vehicle for leveraging Mono
     Mono 1.0 is available for download at For more information about
 the Mono project, visit For more on Novell's
 Linux strategy and offerings, see
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NOVL) is a leading provider of information solutions
 that deliver secure identity management (Novell Nsure(TM)), Web application
 development (Novell extend(TM)) and cross-platform networking services (Novell
 Nterprise(TM)), all supported by strategic consulting and professional
 services (Novell Ngage(SM)). Active in the open source community with its
 Ximian(R) and SUSE(R) LINUX brands, Novell provides a full range of Linux
 products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server.
 Novell's vision of one Net -- a world without information boundaries -- helps
 customers realize the value of their information securely and economically.
 For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC
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     Novell, Ximian and ZENworks are registered trademarks; exteNd, Mono, Nsure
 and Nterprise are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark of SUSE
 LINUX AG, a Novell company. *All third-party trademarks are the property of
 their respective owners.

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