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01.18.12

Xamarin and Mono Out of the Radar’s Range

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 1:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Xamarin and Mono lack presence in the press and lack any notable activity too

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few years back we wrote a great deal about Mono. But Mono has hardly been visible since Attachmate trashed it and according to this new article:

Since Novell was acquired by Attachmate last year, the Mono project is being backed by a new company called Xamarin, which was founded by Mono founder Miquel de Icaza, who was previously working at Novell. So the Mono project is alive and well, and it is not too late to add it to IBM i. (It has been rumored that IBM ported Mono to run inside PASE, the AIX runtime environment embedded in IBM i operating system. That idea was bottled up and kept in a darkroom never to see the light of day.)

Xamarin is almost nowhere to be seen. Here is a quick roundup of what happened in recent months:

# July – SUSE signs an agreement with Xamarin giving a perpetual license to all Mono related Intellectual property and stewardship of the open source mono project. Xamarin takes over support for existing Enterprise Mono customers and starts selling Mono-based products, including the popular MonoTouch for iOS and Mono for Android.
# Aug – Mono 2.10.3, Xamarin’s first Mono release, comes out with support for Mac OSX Lion, some WCF improvements and GC fixes.
# Oct – Microsoft takes a dip into Mono by building Kinectimals for iOS
# Nov – Sony announces Play Station Suite built on top of Mono. Phalanger 3.0 gets released with support for Mono instead of needing a C++/CLI compiler
# Dec – CXXI brings advanced C++ interoperability to Mono

That is not much for one to have achieved in half a year. We suppose Mono will just die out on its own.

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