July 5, 2001

Open-source casts its own .Net

Author: JT Smith

ZDNET: "Ximian, a Boston company that works on the Gnome user interface for Linux, is scheduled to
announce Monday a software project called "Mono" intended to compete against Microsoft.Net,
according to sources familiar with the plan.

The move, if successful, could increase the importance and popularity of the Microsoft.Net
software-as-a-service strategy while undermining Microsoft's control over the software itself.
But analysts caution that .Net itself is a nascent technology, and any attempts to clone it are
likely to be even more immature."


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