Open-Source .NET Fans Push Its New Foundation

Written by Michael Larabel in Programming on 14 October 2014 at 05:23 PM EDT. 39 Comments
This year at Microsoft's Build Developer Conference a .NET Foundation was announced to steward the "open-source technologies for .NET" While many open-source fans aren't too enthusiastic about .NET in any capacity, the .NET Foundation is beginning to move forward.

Miguel de Icaza of GNOME/Mono fame who is heading Xamarin to push .NET software for multiple platforms using Mono, passed along some .NET Foundation news. In particular, the .NET Foundation Forums have been established for allowing the .NET community to collaborate and "start the flow of ideas on the future of .NET", according to Miguel. Those forums are part of

Additionally, the foundation is moving forward with an advisory council to be "open and transparent" to influence the future of the foundation itself. There's out now a call for public comments to help figure out the future of an open-source .NET.

Learn more about the new Microsoft-backed foundation at

While Microsoft has been a bit more open as of late, what do you think about .NET for use in open-source / Linux software? Let us know in our forums.
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