Chapter 34. Mono

IN THIS CHAPTER

Although Microsoft intended it for Windows, Microsoft’s .NET platform has grown to encompass many other operating systems. No, this isn’t a rare sign of Microsoft letting customers choose which OS is best for them—instead, the spread of .NET is because of the Mono project, that is a free re-implementation of .NET available under the a GPL license.

Because of the potential for patent complications, it took Red Hat a long time to incorporate Mono into Fedora, but it’s here now and works just fine. What’s more, Mono supports both C# and Visual Basic.NET, as well as the complete .NET 1.0 and 1.1 frameworks (and much of the 2.0 framework too), making ...

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