Using the thing, developers are supposed to be able to write desktop and ASP.NET web apps on Linux and Mac OS X quickly. It will also make it easier to port .NET apps created with Visual Studio to Linux and the Mac, maintaining a single code base of all three platforms.
Novell said the Mono 2.0 beta is now available, the latest version of the open source cross-platform .NET development framework. It supports Microsoft’s .NET 2.0 and includes a .NET 3.5 preview in addition to a .NET 2.0 profile.
Mono’s father Miguel de Icaza recently courted notoriety in the press by publicly repudiating the infamous 2006 Novell-Microsoft patent deal at a conference in Las Vegas while fending off criticism about there apparently being no patent protection for third-party distributions of Mono or Miguel’s Moonlight version of Microsoft’s Silverlight. Downloads from Novell are protected, he said.
Back in ’06 he spoke in favor of the deal, which appears to have brought Novell a lot of its subsequent Linux revenues.