[Mono-list] future of Mono

Matthew Winter wintermi at teratools.com
Tue May 31 06:54:18 EDT 2011


On 31/05/2011, at 11:09 AM, Mike Christensen wrote:

> I, for one, after hearing that Attachmate was firing the Mono team
> thought "Well crap, that's game over for Mono - that was fun while it
> lasted.."

That was my first impression to when I heard.

> But during the past few weeks learning about the new company formed
> and how all the old principals have joined, now I'm saying "Sweet this
> is the best thing that could have possibly happened to Mono!" - I've
> worked at both massive software giants and at small dot-com startups,
> and crap simply gets done faster and better at a startup..  No more
> listening to corporate VP schpeils about budget and marketing and
> deadlines..  Just a bunch of smart people hacking away all day.  The
> way it should be.

Open Source & Startups. The perfect mix ;-) Back to the good old Ximian days.

My only gripe is around MonoTouch. I was just in the process of building my first iPhone app and now we are back to square one. I know Xamarin will produce an ever better alternative ".NET for iPhone". However this falls a little to late for me, so now I have to learn Objective-C, so I can complete what I started.

I only wish that Attachmate/Novell/SuSE actually did the full handover of all Mono projects to Xamarin.

Do Xamarin have any plans to create a new home for Mono and projects on the Internet, as from what I can see at the old Mono homepage, it has not been updated in some time.

Did a not-for-profit company ever get setup to maintain the Mono domains, homepage, IP, etc?

I wish Miguel, Nat and the rest of the Xamarin crew good fortune and for the Mono project to go from strength to strength.

As for Attachmate/Novell/SuSE, they have lost me as a Linux customer. I will be using Ubuntu from now on, and recommending that going forward.


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