Xamarin: Novell's former open source strategist to become CEO
Nat Friedman has joined new venture Xamarin as the company's CEO and co-founder. Friedman had previously co-founded Ximian – the GNOME company that was taken over by Novell in 2003 – with Miguel de Icaza, and had left Novell in early 2011. Mono chief developer de Icaza announced the formation of the new company about a week ago, shortly after the new owner of Novell, Attachmate, dismissed all its Mono developers.
Xamarin intends to develop and distribute new commercial products for the iOS and Android mobile operating systems based on the free Mono .NET implementation. Friedman, formerly Novell's Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source, had announced when leaving Novell that he intended to take a break and then found a new start-up. In his latest announcement, Friedman said "We believe that mobile development is in its first stages and that we can deliver an incredible mobile development experience – far better than what exists today."