Mono vs the .NET Framework: The DOS wars revisited July 27, 2006Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.
Do you remember back in the DOS days we had quite a few DOS flavors to choose from. Dr. DOS, MS-DOS, PC-DOS and few other obscure ones that arent worth mentioning. Back in those days since most applications would run on the other versions of DOS and werent constrained to MS-DOS you had to ask about the OS.
Fast forward to 2006, we have the .NET Framework which is Microsofts programming environment. The Mono project aims to be binary compatible with the .NET Framework and allow any software compiled with Mono or the .NET Framework to run on any platform. This is accomplished through the CLI (Common Language Infrastructure) which is supposed to be platform independant. It will be interesting to see how this turns out and if Miguel and his Gang at Novell accomplish their goals, the code once run anywhere desire that was initially Sun’s idea may be truly realized.