Red Hat will include the Mono programming framework in the next edition of its Fedora open-source programming platform.
Mono has already gained the support of Novell and Microsoft, and Red Hat’s decision to support Mono in Fedora is designed to let Fedora users take full advantage of the platform without having to deploy additional tools.
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Mono allows programs written in Microsoft's C# language, for instance, to run on Linux platforms, such as the Gnome desktop. Red Hat says Mono will now be included in Rawhide, the half-way house towards the forthcoming Fedora Core 5.
Red Hat’s move will let Fedora users easily access key Mono-based applications in areas such as photo management and desktop search.
The company has no plans to extend Mono support to Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.