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What’s going to happen to mono?

Today I woke up to the news that Attachmate has laid off all of their US-based Mono developers. In essence the whole core Mono development team including Miquel de Icaza. At least that’s what the “rumors” say….

I’ve searched around for more news on this event but haven’t really found much more than a post from InternetNews.com that quotes a statement from Attachmate

“We have re-established Nuremburg as the headquarters of our SUSE business unit and the prioritization and resourcing of certain development efforts – including Mono – will now be determined by the business unit leaders there,” said Jeff Hawn, Chairman and CEO of The Attachmate Group in a statement sent to InternetNews.com. “This change led to the release of some US based employees today. As previously stated, all technology roadmaps remain intact with resources being added to those in a manner commensurate with customer demand.”

Novell was sold to Attachmate late November last year leaving some uncertainty to what would become of mono. de Icaza later said that the only change would be from where his pay check would originate.

Today’s news is unsettling but before we jump the conclusions its best we wait for an official statement from either de Icaza and/or the mono team.

Mono, with MonoDroid and MonoTouch has done alot to bring together a fragmented mobile development ecosystem. It would be a shame to see the effort brought to an end. I honestly doubt that this will be “the end” of it since there is a lot of interest around the technology and the fact that they have manged to create a  business model around Mono with commercial products like MonoTouch and MonoDroid.

I think the Mono project and all its sub products will either go all-in open source or be sold and assured continued life.

Interesting discussion also going on at SlashDot.

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One Response to “What’s going to happen to mono?”

  1. Nic Wise says:

    Jump on the MT list – lots of talk going on there.

    But the statement says “This change led to the release of some US based employees today.”. So SOME people in Novell US have been let go. Novell is HUGE – from memory, a few 1000 people. Mono is maybe 20 people?

    So, until Attachmate announce something….

    Also: The merger went final on the 27th April, so it’s only just happened for real… announced last year tho.

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