Odd running mates for 2008? I don’t think so. If you are not familiar with the Mono project, check it out at http://www.mono-project.com. The project is the heavily supported port of the .NET framework for the Linux operating system. Forms, ASP.NET and DB connectivity are all there – with performance being on par with Windows. Novell has embraced and funded this project to use in conjunction with their SUSE Linux distribution.
Why on Linux? As Linux is starting to find its place in the enterprise and Windows 200X becomes ever more bloated, expensive and riddled with DRM, I find the run-in-place application approach of Linux to be the perfect running mate of the .NET framework. No more installation and registry headaches, lower resource overhead and inexpensive updates (e.g. FREE).
Supporting Microsoft’s Windows platform is starting to feel like supporting an oil industry friendly bill to tax alternative fuel companies for existing.
As we begin 2008 and look for ahead, will Venturality vote for the Linux/.NET ballot? I say YES. Look for some strong initiatives from our team.