The Mono Project is an open source development initiative sponsored by Novell to develop an open source, UNIX version of the Microsoft .NET development platform. Its objective is to enable UNIX developers to build and deploy cross-platform .NET Applications. The project implements various technologies developed by Microsoft that have now been submitted to the ECMA for standardization.
Miguel de Icaza of Novell is the project's founder and he joins Phil, Scott Lemon, and Ben Galbraith, in a review of its history, purpose, and architecture. The discussion is often quite technical, but Miguel's descriptions are clear and talks about why he started the project and how it fits into existing technology, making for a great introduction.
Miguel de Icaza is one of the foremost luminaries in the Linux development community and one of the world's most prominent advocates for Free Software. Miguel founded the GNOME project and is now Vice President of Developer Platforms for Novell. He was the first recipient of the prestigious MIT Innovator of the Year award in 1999. More recently, he received the 2005 STUG Award from USENIX in recognition of GNOME. Miguel has galvanized efforts to make Linux accessible and available to the average computer user, and continues to reach out globally by working with international organizations to introduce affordable technology alternatives, like Linux, to other nations. Miguel began the Mono project, an open source effort led by Novell to provide developers with open source tools for building cross-platform applications that can run on Linux, UNIX, and other platforms.
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