De Icaza announces new Mono-centric company - Xamarin
Miguel de Icaza has announced the launch of Xamarin, a company dedicated to creating Mono-based products. Those products will include new commercial .NET products for iOS and Android, similar to and source-compatible with MonoTouch and MonoDroid, developed from scratch and based on the open source Mono but still not open source. Xamarin will also be exploring possible opportunities for Moonlight in mobile and in the Mac app store. Icaza adds that the new company will continue to make code contributions, maintain and develop both open source Mono and the Moonlight components.
De Icaza has also finally given public confirmation that Attachmate began laying off all the Mono developers, starting with those in Canada and America, on 2 May, followed by the Europe, Brazil and Japan teams in the days following. This included all the MonoTouch and MonoDroid engineers and other key Mono developers. The layoffs happened amid the wider layoffs that were instituted by Novell's new owners. Attachmate would not comment on who had been laid off and claimed that "all technology roadmaps remain intact".
In the case of the Mono developers, De Icaza says that the laid-off employees opted to continue providing technical support until their official last day which was 13 May. During that time, De Icaza says he managed to bring together the angel funding and some engineering contracts which will allow the new company to develop and ship its new revenue generating products. Although the company has some funding, De Icaza says it is looking for more to enable Xamarin to fund documentation, training, customer support, consulting and marketing for the new project.