20. July 2011 22:11
There was a lot of noise and confusion on the Monodroid mail group when it was reported that Novell had been sold to Attachmate and subsequently laid off the entire Mono team. The two major products that the team had been working on, Monodroid and Monotouch (cross platform .NET platforms for Android and iOS development) apparently were dead.
Well, it looks like Miguel and his team have worked a deal with Attachmate:
Through an agreement with SUSE*, a business unit of The Attachmate Group (the company that acquired Novell in April 2011), Xamarin has a broad, perpetual license to all intellectual property covering Mono*, MonoTouch, Mono for Android and Mono Tools for Visual Studio. Xamarin will also provide technical support to SUSE customers using Mono-based products and assume stewardship of the Mono open source project
This is good news indeed for open source .NET development and all involved.
16. May 2011 23:01
A couple of weeks back Novell was sold to Attachmate and there was a lot of speculation about what would happen to Monodroid and Monotouch, the Mono based development tools for targeting IOS and Android apps using C#. Well, it looks like they are both dead in that Attachmate laid off the development teams for both.
However, it looks like Miguel de Icaza, the main man behind Mono, has started a new company that will develop tools for developing Mono apps for IOS and Android: http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2011/May-16.html
While the death of Monodroid and Monotouch is a bummer for those who have invested their time, money and effort in them, there will still be tools being developed that will allow C# on these popular platforms. Also, no longer being tied to large company has it’s benefits and undoubtedly the Miguel’s new company will be better equipped to meet the needs of developers.
I was pretty close to committing to Monodroid for my personal droid development, but now I am glad I simply chose the Eclispe/Android toolkit solution. Java and Eclipse are a bit rough of a development stack, but it’s relatively easy to switch between C#/VS.
So, a short step back for Mono, but in the end I think this will lead to good things. At least I hope.