- Early Mono Adoption Demonstrates Powerful Use of Open Source Implementation of .NET Runtime and Frameworks beyond Windows
BOSTON, MA November 25, 2002: Ximian, Inc., the leading
open source desktop company, today announced that OpenLink Software,
Inc., an industry leader in the development and deployment of secure,
high-performance Universal Data Access and Web Services middleware, is
using Mono as part of the development efforts for Virtuoso 3.0, its
latest Universal Server release. Mono enables OpenLink Virtuoso to
provide a consistent .NET common language runtime (CLR) and frameworks
integration implementation across Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and
UNIX. The OpenLink effort demonstrates platform-independent web
services creation using any .NET-bound language, web services hosting,
ASP.NET application invocation without IIS, and ADO.NET based data
access. OpenLink's adoption represents one of the first commercial
uses of the Mono Project, a community initiative launched by Ximian
to develop an open source version of the Microsoft .NET development
platform for Linux and UNIX.
With OpenLink Virtuoso 3.0, companies will be able to create XML web
services, user-defined types, stored procedures, functions and
triggers using any .NET bound language on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and
a variety of UNIX platforms. As a result, customers will be able to
cost-effectively exploit the value propositions of web services, XML,
and universal data access in general. With the help of Mono,
OpenLink's vision of maximum incorporation of new technologies and
paradigms with minimum disruption to existing IS infrastructures
remains a reality.
"Our goal at OpenLink is to consistently offer our customers freedom
of choice in line with adoption and implementation of new paradigms
and technologies," said Kingsley Idehen, President and CEO of
OpenLink. "Mono has enabled us to add .NET integration to Virtuoso 3.0
without compromising one of its fundamental benefits, which is
platform, language, and database independence."
OpenLink's adoption is the latest in a series of milestones for the
Mono Project. In July, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention featured
demonstrations on Linux of a self-hosting C# (pronounced C-sharp)
compiler, CLR, and web applications utilizing Microsoft.NET
components, including ASP.NET and ADO.NET. More than 100 developers
from around the world currently contribute to the project, and as part
of its development efforts, OpenLink is now contributing actively.
"While the Mono Project is not complete, companies such as OpenLink
are already seeing benefit in the technologies and tools developed by
the Mono Project," said Miguel de Icaza, CTO of Ximian and leader of
the Mono Project. "I am very proud that Mono is well on its way to
realizing its two key objectives-dramatically enhancing developer
productivity while enabling a choice of platforms for building and
deploying .NET compatible applications."
The Mono Project is scheduled for completion next year. For more
information about Mono, visit the Ximian web site at www.ximian.com/mono or the Mono
Project web site at www.mono-project.com. Developer
information, including release notes, software builds, source code and
testing status, is available at the Mono Project site.
About OpenLink Software, Inc.
OpenLink Software is a privately held software company with offices in
the U.S.A., United Kingdom, France, Malaysia, Nigeria and Bulgaria. It
is a market leading technology innovator in the universal data access
drivers market for ODBC and JDBC. The company has recently extended
its technology prowess into the realms of Virtual Databases, Native
XML Data Storage, and XML Web Services through its Virtuoso Universal
Server product set. Its products are currently used by over 10,000
companies worldwide. Additional information on OpenLink Software can
be obtained from the web site, www.openlinksw.com.
About Ximian, Inc.
Ximian is the established leader in providing open source desktop
technology, applications, support and services for the Linux and UNIX
marketplaces. Ximian products, in use by over 1,000,000 people
worldwide, are providing the ease of use, productivity and
interoperability needed to propel the adoption of the Linux desktop in
corporate computing environments. Its Ximian Desktop software, based
on the open source GNOME project, provides a complete graphical
desktop environment and productivity application suite for Linux and
UNIX systems. Ximian Red Carpet™ and Ximian Evolution™
deliver software and personal information management solutions for
both end users and corporate customers. Comprised of many of the
original architects of the GNOME system, Ximian is a founding member
of the GNOME Foundation and sits on the advisory board. The company
has secured funding from leading venture firms Charles River Ventures
and Battery Ventures and can be reached at www.ximian.com.
Phone: (801) 861-2931
Ximian, Mono, Ximian Evolution and Red Carpet are trademarks of Ximian, Inc. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.