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Novell fortifies Linux and .NET bridge with new Mono

Novell today announced the release of Mono 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."

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