Will Mono Become the Preferred Platform for Linux Development?

Edd Dumbill reports on the Mono summit held last weekend in Boston.

So why implement the Microsoft APIs at all? Simple: to make migration from Windows to Linux as easy as possible. With the advent of Microsoft's Longhorn platform, there's only a limited life span for the current .NET Windows APIs. Just in case there remain some unconverted by then, de Icaza is hedging his bets and plans to provide implementation of Longhorn technologies such as Indigo and Avalon, the new XML web services and user interface layers.