Linux breakthrough for Visual Basic developers

Shawn sent me this … I wonder if Microsoft will now have to take this into account for future updates to VB?


Source: http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2007/02/21/visual_basic_mono_linux/

Windows developers can now port Visual Basic applications to Linux without modifying their code, using an open source project backed by Novell.

The Mono project has built a compiler that lets developers code using Visual Basic inside Visual Studio or other preferred tools environments and run the Visual Basic code on non-Windows platforms without the time and cost of modification.


It would also seem that Mike actually managed to get IE7 working on his Mac by using WINE … Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

So I suppose it should be possible to run Windows Office on a Mac and Linux .. Hey I wonder if you could run server apps? now that would be interesting, especially with the amount of people who do not like Windows Vista.

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