Novell also announced the availability of the Mono 2.0 beta, the latest version of the open source, cross-platform .NET development framework implementation that allows software developers to efficiently build .NET applications for Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, Solaris* and Windows* users. The Mono 2.0 beta includes support for Microsoft .NET 2.0.
"The Mono project is growing to become the leading choice for the development of Linux applications through the work of a community dedicated to helping people migrate their existing knowledge and applications to UNIX*," said Miguel de Icaza, vice president of developer platforms for Novell and maintainer of the Mono project. "MonoDevelop continues Mono's innovation to make 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."
MonoDevelop will also make it easier for developers using Mono to migrate .NET applications created with Visual Studio over to Linux and Mac*. The Mono 2.0 beta includes a .NET 3.5 preview in addition to a .NET 2.0 profile, plus improved Mac support and a Mono migration analysis tool that helps customers determine their Linux readiness for .NET migration.
Jason Alexander, chief technology officer of Telligent Systems, said, "Using Novell's Mono framework for our new Graffiti CMS product, we're now able to reach a customer base that we couldn't access before. Our partnership empowers the small business owner and everyday individual to create and maintain their own social networks and blogs with ease. Mono also enables Graffiti to run entirely on other operating systems with little to no customizations to our source code, and we're very excited about that. The finished product is just incredibly impressive."