Novell Releases Mono 1.2 With Enhanced Support for .NET on Linux

Performance Improvements and Support for Windows Forms Makes the Latest

Version of Mono a Powerful Framework for Hosting .NET Applications on Linux

and an Important Milestone Toward Compatibility With the .NET Framework 2.0

BARCELONA, Spain, TechEd Developers Conference & Expo, Nov. 9

Nov 09, 2006, 00:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) today announced the release
 of Mono(R) version 1.2, a significant advancement in the expansion of the
 Mono project and an important milestone toward compatibility with version
 2.0 of the .NET framework. Mono 1.2 adds support for the Microsoft*
 Windows* Forms API to more easily port .NET client-side applications to
 Linux*. Other enhancements in this release include virtual machine upgrades
 and enhanced Java* support, significant performance, memory consumption and
 stability improvements, and support for many .NET 2.0 features. With this
 new release, traditional Microsoft developers can leverage their existing
 skill sets to use the Mono framework to effortlessly make their .NET
 desktop and server applications available to the fast-growing Linux market.
     With full Mono support for the Windows Forms API, the graphical user
 interface portion of the Microsoft .NET development framework, developers
 can now bring their existing Microsoft-based client applications to Linux
 while significantly minimizing the time and effort required to migrate
 these applications. The inclusion of Windows Forms capabilities in this
 version is an important milestone in the expansion of the Mono project. Not
 only does it provide corporate IT and ISV developers with operating system
 alternatives for hosting existing .NET applications, but it also opens up
 the possibility of new desktop applications on Linux. Novell's
 award-winning SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, which debuted in July of
 this year, includes a number of new Mono-based desktop Linux applications
 such as the Banshee(TM) music player, F-spot photo management tool and the
 Beagle(R) desktop search tool.
     "With this release, we've solved an important issue by making it easier
 to translate the Microsoft user interfaces to Linux, an important
 contribution in increasing the number of client-side Linux applications,"
 said Miguel de Icaza, vice president of developer platforms at Novell and
 maintainer of the Mono project. "Now feature complete, Mono has matured to
 the point that we believe the migration from ASP.NET and Windows Forms to
 Linux is easier than ever before and gives developers access to all the
 added benefits of Linux."
     Software Vendors Rely on Mono
     OTEE used Mono to create their game development system, Unity, which
 was recently awarded a runner-up Apple Design Award for "Best Use of Mac OS
 X Graphics" at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference. "OTEE relies on
 Mono's cross-language capability," said Joachim Ante, CTO and co-founder of
 OTEE. "Unity's developer community comes from a wide range of backgrounds
 and Mono allowed us to give our developers a choice between JavaScript, C#
 and Boo, resulting in a very short learning curve and immediate familiarity
 with scripting in Unity. Mono version 1.2 represents a significant leap
 forward in stability and performance and will make it even easier to build
 feature-rich cross-platform applications."
     Versora provides software products and professional integration
 services that yield a cost effective and seamless transition path from
 Microsoft Windows to Linux. Versora used Mono to migrate their flagship
 Progression Desktop product from Windows to Linux in record time. "Mono is
 really attractive for Windows developers because they can carry over their
 existing skills to Linux," said Jon Walker, CTO at Versora. "The feature
 and performance enhancements in version 1.2 will only bolster Mono's
 reputation as a mature, viable solution for Windows to Linux migration."
     About the Mono Project
     The Mono Project is an open source initiative sponsored by Novell to
 develop a UNIX* version of the Microsoft .NET development framework. Its
 objective is to enable UNIX developers to build and deploy cross-platform
 .NET applications. The 1.2 release of Mono is compliant with and provides
 full support for .NET 1.1 and partial support for .NET 2.0. In addition to
 Window Forms API support, Mono version 1.2 includes numerous feature
 upgrades including full support for C# 2.0, generics and significant
 updates to the .NET 2.0 API. The Mono framework supports a variety of
 platforms, including Linux, Mac* OS X, Solaris*, BSD and Windows, and a
 variety of hardware options, such as x86, AMD* 64, IA-64 (Itanium* 2), EMT
 64, PowerPC, ARM, s390 and S390x, SPARC and SPARC v9, and numerous
 languages. Developers can download the Mono framework at .
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more
 than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage,
 simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging
 best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With more than 20 years of
 experience, 4,700 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the
 world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating
 environments while reducing costs. More information about Novell can be
 found at .
     NOTE: Novell, Beagle, Mono and SUSE are registered trademarks, and
 Banshee and Software for the Open Enterprise are trademarks of Novell, Inc.
 in the United States and other countries.
     *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other
 third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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