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Joel on Software
Which distro to "go Mono" ?
Hi, I want to do some cross-platform ASP.NET and, of course, to test it on Linux (or even develop). I know Mono runs on Windows too, but I'd really like to check my apps on Linux anyway.
I can't help you but I am really curious about how well (if?) Mono works, so please post a summary of your experiences and impressions once you get somewhere.
There's easy packages available for SUSE and Red Hat ( http://www.mono-project.com/downloads/ ).
Sounds like reasonable..
Question being actually: is it legal to get it free by FTP (*) and use it professionnaly?
They do charge for Professional, but the Personal edition is absolutely free and available on many sites.
Usually the licence agreement for Personal editions precludes you from using it for Professional (commercial) work. The fact you can download them for free legally doesn't always mean that you can use them for free. Same thing with some of the quasi-free SQL databases.
True but the stated purpose in the original question was test or development, not deployment.
As the unanswered question, yes, it's legal to charge for Linux distributions.
Oops, let me precise my purpose..: I need to test on Linux yes, but I'm planning to release and set the hardware for the -eventual- clients on Linux too (or windows if required for some reason). That's why I'm looking for a free distribution of Linux (with the right to install it for comercial purpose), and a cross-platform ASP.NET solution.
Aaron F Stanton
I've written some utilities targeting the mono runtime. So far, Red Hat 9.0 has been the easiest distro to install mono on. Suse personal edition was missing A LOT of libs - I spent about 6 hours on rpmfind.net looking for stuff like -devel libs that were needed.
While you are looking into free RDBs look into firebird as well.
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