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Novell Unveils Mono Project Roadmap

Roadmap defines the future of Mono, an open source platform for building and deploying .NET applications on Linux and UNIX Mono 1.0 is due in the second quarter of 2004

PROVO, Utah
November 18, 2003

Novell today announced the roadmap for the Mono™ project, a community initiative to develop an open source version of the Microsoft .NET development platform to enable Linux and UNIX* developers to build and deploy cross-platform .NET applications. The roadmap outlines the early 2004 release of Mono 1.0 and subsequent versions, guiding corporate developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) who plan to build .NET-based applications on a broad range of platforms and operating systems.

"Linux on the desktop is becoming a viable option for an increasing number of IT buyers," said Chris Stone, Novell® vice chairman - Office of the CEO. "To be successful, developers need a productive development environment, stable APIs and a well-defined technology roadmap. Mono provides all of this, plus the benefits of .NET for Linux and UNIX."

Mono, which has seen more than two years of engineering and testing, makes it far easier to build and deploy applications on Linux and UNIX. The project continues advancing to accommodate the evolution of Microsoft .NET, Linux and GNOME desktop technologies, and the roadmap ensures that IT developers and ISVs can plan effectively and provide feedback along the way.

The complete Mono roadmap can be found at http://www.mono-project.com/mono-roadmap.html. Highlights include the following:

  • Mono 1.0 is the initial release, intended for developers to both learn Mono and to begin building .NET 1.1-compatible applications for Linux and UNIX. Anticipated release is second quarter of 2004.
  • Mono 1.0 will ship with different library profiles, including compatibility with .NET 1.0, .NET 1.1 and the ECMA-specified profiles.
  • Mono 1.0 features a code generator that can be used in just-in-time (JIT) or ahead-of-time (AOT) modes. The code generator supports x86- and PowerPC-based architectures. Support for other architectures is provided with an interpreter (Arm, Sparc, HPPA and s390).
  • Upcoming Mono 1.2 will provide libraries for building GUI-based applications as well as initial support for the features in .NET 1.2.

About the Mono Project
The Mono project, named "Best Open Source Project" at LinuxWorld Conference& Expo 2003, was initiated by Ximian® (now part of Novell) to provide developers with a modern set of development tools as well as a mechanism to deploy .NET applications on UNIX and Linux systems. Mono incorporates key .NET-compliant components, including a C# compiler, a virtual execution system and a growing set of class libraries, including ASP.Net and ADO.Net as well as GNOME- and Linux-specific libraries. More than 150 developers from around the world contribute to Mono. For more information, visit http://www.ximian.com/mono or http://www.mono-project.com.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at http://www.novell.com.

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Novell, Inc.
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