Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2007 17:44 UTC, submitted by suka
Mono Project In a recent interview with the online edition of the Austrian daily Newspaper Der Standard, Mono project-lead Miguel de Icaza pleads for a cooperation between Mono and Microsoft's .Net: "I think that the deal should include a technical Mono/.NET collaboration, and even go as far as Microsoft recommending Mono for all of their developers looking at migration."
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Tone It Down A Bit
by jayson.knight on Sun 25th Mar 2007 19:53 UTC
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""I think that the deal should include a technical Mono/.NET collaboration, and even go as far as Microsoft recommending Mono for all of their developers looking at migration."

Microsoft will never recommend anyone "migrate" away from the Microsoft platform, and as such Icaza is looking at this the wrong way. In the realm of software, there are always business constraints as to why a particular software package needs to be developed on a specific platform (Windows, Unix/Linux, etc). What they need to do is make Mono a compelling reason to write software on a platform other than Windows, i.e. RAD, a good IDE, truly portable bindings, etc.

Once software is written for a specific platform, there is almost zero justification for porting it to another platform (in the realm of IT at least). New development is an entirely different story though. Give us a reason to use Mono on other platforms, and we'll choose it.

Again, migration: Not an option. New development: huge opportunities so long as there are compelling enough reasons.

FWIW, there are a ton of Microsoft bloggers who regularly post about Mono, and do indeed highly recommend it for non-Windows development. MS can't take an official stance on it because it doesn't make much sense...it would be like them recommending someone use Oracle.

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