The Mono code was this week added to the Rawhide development version of the forthcoming Fedora Core 5, prompting Waltham, Massachusetts-based Novell to declare that move reinforces Novell’s role as an innovator in the Linux market.
But while the Fedora Core is the base code for Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux, the company has poured cold water on suggestions that it will officially support Mono.
The Fedora Foundation is a community of users who have a common interest in many technologies. Mono is a technology of interest to this community and the group has decided to include Mono in Fedora Core 5, said Leigh Day, Red Hat director of corporate communications. Much like Fedora promotes choice with other technologies (an example is including both KDE and Gnome), including Mono is another demonstration of choice being offered in Fedora. At this time, Red Hat has no plans for the endorsement or productization of Mono.
Mono was conceived in 2001 as a means of bringing the advantages of Microsoft’s .NET, to Linux and Unix and was initially sponsored by Ximian Inc prior to its acquisition by Novell in August 2003.