Shawn sent me this … I wonder if Microsoft will now have to take this into account for future updates to VB?
Windows developers can now port Visual Basic applications to Linux without modifying their code, using an open source project backed by Novell.
The Mono project has built a compiler that lets developers code using Visual Basic inside Visual Studio or other preferred tools environments and run the Visual Basic code on non-Windows platforms without the time and cost of modification.
It would also seem that Mike actually managed to get IE7 working on his Mac by using WINE … Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.
So I suppose it should be possible to run Windows Office on a Mac and Linux .. Hey I wonder if you could run server apps? now that would be interesting, especially with the amount of people who do not like Windows Vista.