Everybody (me included) is totally excited by the Beta 1 launch, yet I think the Mono 1.0 release is an equally important landmark (provided it has the right quality level), my personal reasons for thinking so:
- Having been programming for a couple of years in Java, one of the first things that attracted me to .NET was the portable design of the CLR, for the longest time it's been a pity there was only one commercial implementation
- Many talented developers keep away from .NET because of its Windows (and Microsoft) dependance, now all that talented people can use C# and ASP.NET without those worries
- A lot of naysayers kept saying that Microsoft would kill Mono just because it's the evil empire. For all of you: I told you, you were wrong.
Alas, in spite of my excitement with Mono, I'm afraid I will have very little time to play with it: I've got my hands totally full with Whidbey and Yukon...