Novell's Mono Project Extends Microsoft .NET Framework to Linux Performance Improvements and Support for Windows.Forms Makes the Beta Version

of Mono 1.2 a Powerful Framework for Hosting .NET Applications on Linux

    BOSTON, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell
 (Nasdaq:   NOVL) today announced the beta program for Mono(R) 1.2, which now
 includes support for Microsoft* Windows.Forms to more easily port .NET client-
 side applications to Linux*. Other enhancements in this beta release include
 additional platform and hardware support, virtual machine upgrades, and
 enhanced Java* support, as well as significant performance, memory consumption
 and stability improvements. Mono is a Novell-sponsored open source
 implementation of the Microsoft .NET framework that helps corporate IT and ISV
 developers migrate existing .NET applications to Linux and develop new Linux
 and cross-platform applications with unprecedented productivity. Working
 within their existing skill sets, traditional Microsoft developers can use the
 Mono framework to effortlessly make their .NET desktop and server applications
 available to the fast-growing Linux market.
     "Mono represents the 'holy grail' of software development," said Steve
 Shreeve, CTO and co-founder of Medsphere. "Using Mono, we were able to develop
 a rich, cross-platform, point-of-care graphical user interface for OpenVista
 that enables clinicians to deliver better care to their patients. Now, our
 customers have the flexibility to choose the operating system that is right
 for them. As active contributors to the Mono project, we are also excited
 about the latest feature and performance enhancements in Mono 1.2. The new
 support for Windows.Forms significantly enhances cross-platform development
 and makes it even easier to build feature-rich applications for our demanding
     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 beta version
 is a significant advancement 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. In fact, Mono was used to
 develop a number of new desktop Linux applications, including Banshee music
 player, F-spot photo management tool, iFolder and Beagle(TM) desktop search,
 all to be included when Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 ships.
     "With this beta version, 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. Open to everyone, our beta program gives developers an opportunity
 to test the latest version and share their feedback."
     This beta release is compliant with and provides full support for .Net 1.1
 and partial 2.0 support today. 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 and provide feedback to the
 beta version 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 over 20 years of experience, more
 than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world,
 Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while
 reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at .
     NOTE:  Novell and Mono are registered trademarks, and Beagle 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.

SOURCE Novell, Inc.

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