[Mono-list] Is Mono ready to compete with MS .NET in real business?

PFJ paul@all-the-johnsons.co.uk
Wed, 29 Sep 2004 09:55:15 +0100

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> Mono 1.0 was shipped awhile ago, and I'm really excited
> about that... but now the natural question is:
>   "Is Mono ready to compete with MS .NET in real business?"

Depends on the context. For winforms, no. 1.2 will have that and it
should rock.

> ... and one more question is
>   "Will Novell provide support, documentation, etc.?"
>   "If yes, by when?"

monodoc already has the documentation. As C# is already a standardised
language, whatever is in the ECMA standard or the MS documentation
should follow.

> Behind MS .NET there is a huge development team,
> support, documentation, and continuity... and I
> think Novell should offer the same, but till now
> I don't see anything in that way.

There is with Mono. The big difference is that (I would guess) the
majority of those working on Mono aren't on the Novell payroll - it's
the biggest difference between Open and Closed source. Take OpenOffice,
there are well over 200 people actively working on it, yet only about 15
work for Sun!


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