Mono Developers Go Bye-Bye From Attachmate
Written by Michael Larabel in SUSE on 03 May 2011 at 06:14 PM EDT. 181 Comments
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Attachmate completed their acquisition of Novell last week and turned the assets into the Novell and SUSE business units. This morning the first signs of changes were announced when over one-hundred employees would be losing their jobs as part of the streamlining process. Later on in the day I was then to first break the news -- a rumor at the time -- via my Twitter feed that all of Mono's developers would be losing their positions.

I'm now settled in for the evening in Germany and the news of the Novell Mono developers being let go has been confirmed. Mono is out at Attachmate. I'm told that it's around 30 developers that were employed by Novell working on the Mono platform, which is an implementation of Microsoft's .NET for Linux and other non-Windows operating systems.

What's not known though is if Miguel de Icaza (leader of Mono) is still with the company, if Novell will attempt to be spinning off any of the Mono assets or work to any other firm(s), or if any other companies will spring up and attempt to poach these soon-to-be-let-go developers. The Mono and Moonlight communities will certainly live on in one form or another even without any corporate backing.

More details to come. Be sure to follow my Twitter feed for more breaking items in the near future, especially while travelling with the tweets being frequent. There's a couple more items to share soon.
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