[Mono-list] COM Refference Error

Robert Scott Horning robert_horning at netzero.net
Sun Dec 24 11:55:48 EST 2006

Robert Jordan wrote:

>Mohammad Abul Khayer wrote:
>>hi there,

>>Is Mono Support COM ??
>>i install all the latest stable version of Mono in Linux Enterprise Edittion
>Linux doesn't support COM.
No, the Linux kernel doesn't support COM, although there are some (IMHO 
rather incredibly poor) implmentations of COM services in Linux, 
including some that "license" Microsoft patents and software including a 
variation of the Windows registry.  And no, I'm not talking Wine here 

I actually got involved with trying to help with migration of a major 
software system that was primarily Windows (NT/2000/XP) and to help with 
the migration of that whole system to Linux.  Unfortuately COM services 
were a key part, especially with the networked parts.  Needless to say, 
the costs involved with trying to deploy on Linux were so awful that we 
ended up abandoning the whole idea completely.  But the technical side 
wasn't all that big of a deal and it did work.  We just couldn't deploy 
anything beyond an engineering experiment.

If you are talking FOSS support for COM, you are much more correct that 
there isn't support for COM, and that typical COM components won't work.

Robert Scott Horning

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