[Mono-devel-list] Can I use Microsoft's DLL's on the Win32 platform?

Mike Shaver mike.shaver at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 15:08:00 EDT 2005

On 4/26/05, Pete Gonzalez <pgonzalez at bluel.com> wrote:
> Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> > Apps that use COM or ActiveX controls will never run on Mono.
> > Even if COM was there, the existing code that depends on the control
> > would require the control to be ported to some form of COM on Unix
> > (which to begin with is not available in a reusable form) and binaries
> > for each platform to be created.
> Heh, so in other words, "run on Mono" means "run on Unix"?

No, it means "run on Mono".  Mono supports Win32 quite well, as you've
already reported in this thread.  It doesn't mean "support every part
of .NET on Windows", though, as well it should not.  The COM interop
stuff is poorly specified, and chasing it would be a WINE-like
endeavour into many ratholes and non-portable architectural decisions.


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