SUSE today announced it is partnering with Xamarin to support the development and distribution of its open source cross-platform Mono-based products.
Xamarin now receives a "broad perpetual license" to all intellectual property covering Mono, MonoTouch, Mono for Android, and Mono Tools for Visual Studio.
In return, Xamarin provides technical support to SUSE customers using Mono-based products and assumes overall stewardship of the Mono open source community project.
This agreement is intended to promote product commercialization for Xamarin application development tools. Mono itself sets out to help developers leverage its .NET ecosystem of code, libraries, and tools to develop or port applications to non-Windows platforms, including Linux, Mac OS X, Apple iOS, and Google Android.
"Xamarin was founded with a mission to delight developers with the world's best platform for mobile development," said Nat Friedman, Xamarin founder and CEO. "We're excited about the possibilities enabled by our partnership with SUSE and are committed to helping current and future customers, our partners, and the open source community."
The partnership agreement states that current and future SUSE customers hosting applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension application server will continue to receive full commercial support for their platform from SUSE, backed by Xamarin.
Current SUSE customers using Mono developer tools, including MonoTouch, Mono for Android, and Mono Tools for Visual Studio, will receive support and updates directly from Xamarin for the remainder of their subscription period.
"Our partnership ensures SUSE customers continue to get the best support possible, enables the bright team at Xamarin to achieve success in their promising new venture — it also provides continuity of stewardship for the Mono open source community project in the very capable hands of its most passionate evangelists," said Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE.