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.NET on Red Hat Enterprise Linux sneak peak on April 12

Red Hat will hold a two hour webinar on April 12th 2016 to give a behind-the-scenes head-start look at .NET on RHEL.
The new Microsoft under Satya Nadella continues to bring about collaborations between Microsoft and Linux vendors.
One key item in the works has been making the .NET framework available for Linux. This was foreshadowed when Microsoft announced ASP.NET vNext and the open-sourcing of .NET components in 2014, and again in November 2015 when Red Hat itself announced Microsoft and Red Hat were collaborating to bring .NET to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL.
Importantly, for enterprise customers, this will be a supported version of the .NET framework, which makes it more suitable for development than the Mono Project.
No matter your personal views on either Microsoft or Linux, this is a big deal. For developers, it means the entire Linux platform is now opened up as a viable platform with a minimum of re-training or complexity, because familiar tools and languages can be used. For end-users of Linux systems it means existing .NET applications can now be made available on your preferred platform without the effort conventionally required in porting. For businesses, it means more readily available .NET developers can target your enterprise Linux systems, with confidence your tools and frameworks are under support.
It would seem the release is imminent, and Red Hat has announced a webinar on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 12pm-2pm EDT.
The webinar will show how .NET on RHEL is coming together, what can be expected from the development experience, and then a demonstration of it in action.
With .NET and also SQL Server coming to Linux, perhaps the famous LAMP - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP - stack might soon be LANS - Linux, Apache, .NET and SQL Server. In any case, for developers the operating system is becoming more irrelevant. Will .NET live up to the "write once, run everywhere" mantra where Java failed?


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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. Within two years, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Newcastle, as a UNIX systems manager. This was a crucial time for UNIX at the University with the advent of the World-Wide-Web and the decline of VMS. David moved on to a brief stint in consulting, before returning to the University as IT Manager in 1998. In 2001, he joined an international software company as Asia-Pacific troubleshooter, specialising in AIX, HP/UX, Solaris and database systems. Settling down in Newcastle, David then found niche roles delivering hard-core tech to the recruitment industry and presently is the Chief Information Officer for a national resources company where he particularly specialises in mergers and acquisitions and enterprise applications.