Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Oct 2008 10:37 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Mono Project The Mono project has released Mono 2.0. As most of you will know, Mono is an open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and other operating systems. The 2.0 release comes packed with new features, the main ones being the compiler upgrade to C# 3.0 with support for LINQ, as well as the inclusion of ADO.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 2.0 and System.Windows.Forms 2.0. The release notes detail all the changes and new features.
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RE: Just say no
by jstedfast on Mon 6th Oct 2008 20:53 UTC in reply to "Just say no"
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Just say no to .NET in any form! No patent worries or dependencies on single suppliers. No need to use C either. Instead, use Java because:

1) It is very, very much faster (especially Java 1.6u10 which accelerates all graphics operations)
Example:
http://blogs.sun.com/jag/entry/current_state_of_java_for
http://hal.inria.fr/inria-00312039/en


Mono has improved in performance quite a lot since 1.2.6 and is quickly gaining ground on Java6-server, especially with the new Linear IR branch which you can read about at http://www.mono-project.com/Linear_IL

The Linear IR branch is poised to make it into Mono 2.2 and is already as much as 30% faster than Mono 2.0 and there are lots more optimizations that can be done (and indeed, just last week SIMD optimizations were implemented which increase the performance even more).

2) It is fully open source and there is a patent waiver from Sun for other implementations (unlike .NET)


Mono is also fully open source.

As far as waivers from Sun, I am unaware of these. Could you provide a link to these waivers?

I have never seen nor heard of any such waivers before.

Miguel and the Mono team have done a great job


Thanks for the compliment ;-)

However, for new projects you should be using Java (the language features of C# are not worth the potential patent liability and relatively short-lifecycles of MS technologies).


This is all subjective, and let's not forget that Mono can continue even if Microsoft moves to something else next week, next month, next year, or next decade.

Mono is, after-all, a Free Software project that anyone can continue to maintain. It is not in any way dependent upon the life span of Microsoft's .NET just as C in Linux has been in use long after much of the Windows world switched to C++.

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