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Nothing should surprise me anymore but this morning I didn’t quite expect to read an article about Mono 1.0 Beta 1 that started with :

On May 5, 1862, 4,000 Mexican loyalists defeated 8,000 French and revolting Mexican troops in the Battle of Puebla, an event celebrated around the world as Cinco de Mayo. Novell has chosen this day to release the first beta of Mono 1.0, an open source alternative to Microsoft’s .Net framework.
— Mono project achieves beta release, invites developer input, LinuxDevices.com

Isn’t it funny in this context ?

¡ Viva Mexico !

We’re going streaking.

Just a Post Scriptum really. Testing iKVM using the Mono 1.0 Beta 1 distributions, Cameron and I tried running Eclipse 2.1.3. After staring blankly at a binary file called eclipse for a few hours, we typed:

ikvm -cp startup.jar org.eclipse.core.launcher.Main -os linux -ws gtk -arch x86

and it worked.

Just for those who haven’t followed up on the excellent IKVM.NET, it allows you to run any java application on a .NET implementation (such as Mono) as well as statically compile Java libraries into .NET assemblies. So basically we ran Eclipse (a large Java app) on top of IKVM.NET without any Sun or IBM Java VM involved.

I could try it on MacOS X but I don’t want to.

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