InfoQ came with some interesting news regarding the future of Mono. Check out the full video of interview with Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman or read a short abstract below.
For those of you not familiar with Mono: MonoTouch and Mono for Android allows developers to create native iOS and Android apps using C# and .NET. Mono was formerly developed by Novell company which was acquired by Attachmate during first quarter of 2011. Whole Mono division was fired and the future of this project was unclear at that stage.
The former Mono team gathered around senior members Miguel de Icaza, Nat Friedman and Joseph Hill to form a new startup called Xamarin and develop a “new Mono”. There are already 25 people in Xamarin team and the interview suggested that this number is about to double very soon. In August 2011, the Xamarin managed to acquire a full license for Novell’s Mono from Attachmate and the situation suddenly rapidly changed since Xamarin was already working on a new Mono project from scratch. With the new license, Xamarin gained full rights to Mono trademark, all the copyrights and the source code. The team is now focusing on removing bugs. For the last 2 months, plenty of developers were reporting bugs without getting any feedback from former Mono team. Number one priority of Xamarin is thus to fix these bugs. Some of them rose due to the new release of Mac OS, the Lion, which was released in 20th July 2011. Head developer of Xamarin team claims that their mission is to: “Create great experience for mobile developers.”