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Mono Beta 2 Debuts
Mono Beta 2 Debuts

Novell has put out the second beta of Mono, the open source implementation of the .NET Framework for Linux, Unix and Windows whose sponsorship it acquired when it bought Ximian.

It's the last beta before the formal release of Mono 1.0.

Beta 2 includes a C Sharp compiler, an implementation of Microsoft's Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) and two API stacks. There's a Unix-Linux-Gnome stack for APIs that take advantage of the Unix server and desktop, and a set of APIs compatible with Microsoft's .NET Framework 1.1 that support components such as ASP.NET (Web services and Web forms) and ADO.NET.

Beta 2 is supposed to be signature-compatible with .NET Framework 1.1. Still, as Novell acknowledged, not all of Microsoft's functionality is currently supported. For instance, there's no COM support of any kind, EnterpriseServices is only a set of stub routines, Windows.Forms is only available as a preview and is not meant for production and Code Access Security isn't there.

However, the beta manages to preview features from the Mono 1.2 release such as a C Sharp 2.0 compiler with generics support, a Mono Basic compiler, a generics-enabled virtual machine and System.Windows.Forms. Of course, none of them are supported.

Novell is using Mono internally to develop iFolder 3.0, a file system that provides synchronization, peer-to-peer sharing and metadata handling, the Beagle/Dashboard desktop search tools and the F-Spot photography management application.

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