Mono Gets a New Lease of Life, Xamarin Obtains A Perpertual License for Mono

About 3 months ago, Mono  founder Miguel de Icaza was laid off by Novell following their acquisition by Attachmate. Miguel was quick to launch his startup, Xamarin, which would be  focusing  on Mono based products. However, until now, the future of Mono remained unknown – would it exist? Would it need a rewrite?

Miguel cleared the air with his blog post  announcing a few key points:

  • SUSE to partner  Xamarin in supporting Mono customers
  • Xamarin has obtained a perpetual license to all the intellectual property of Mono, MonoTouch, Mono for Android, Mono for Visual Studio and will continue updating and selling those products.
  • Xamarin will be providing the support for all of the existing MonoTouch, Mono for Android and Mono for Visual Studio customers.
  • Developers will be able to purchase MonoTouch and Mono for Android from the Xamarin store. Existing customers will be able to purchase upgrades.
Miguel also mentioned that Xamarin will take over the  care taking  of the Mono open source community project. Commenting on the roadmap, Miguel mentioned that Xamarin would be looking at ensuring that all of the critical and major bugs are fixed. Xamarin will also be  introducing  priority support that can be  purchased   upon the first order of MonoTouch or Mono for Android. Existing customers can opt for an upgrade to get the priority support.
The announcement comes as a big relief for Mono developers and customers, who have been jittery since the first announcement of Attachmate’s  acquisition  of Novell and the subsequent layoff of the Mono team.

Mono founder Miguel de Icaza Launches Xamarin

Barely a fortnight after being laid off by Novell post the Attachment acquisition, Mono founder Miguel de Icaza and his team of Mono engineers are back on their feet with a new startup, Xamarin. Announcing in his blog post today, Miguel mentions that his new startup, named Xamarin will  focus on Mono-based products.

He mentions that development has already started, and Xamarin is looking at delivering the iPhone stack first, followed by Android and Moonlight ports will follow. The new .net for iPhone and Android will be source compatible with MonoTouch and MonoDroid.

Talking about the situation at hand, Miguel writes,

We have been trying to spin Mono off from Novell for more than a year now. Everyone agreed that Mono would have a brighter future as an independent company, so a plan was prepared last year.

To make a long story short, the plan to spin off was not executed. Instead on Monday May 2nd, the Canadian and American teams were laid off; Europe, Brazil and Japan followed a few days later.


Now, two weeks later, we have a plan in place, which includes both angel funding for keeping the team together, as well as a couple of engineering contracts that will help us stay together as a team while we ship our revenue generating products.

Our plan is to maximize the pleasure that developers derive from using Mono and .NET languages on their favorite platforms.

We do have some funding to get started and ship our initial products. But we are looking to raise more capital […]

Here’s wishing Miguel de Icaza & his team the very best!