[Mono-devel-list] Version moniker for Mono Release

Rob.Tillie at Student.tUL.EDU Rob.Tillie at Student.tUL.EDU
Thu Nov 6 02:39:58 EST 2003

Well, you've got a point, without a doubt.
But Miguel also has a point in that Mono should be releasing a stable
release very soon now... I believe Mono has a lot of momentum right now, by
waiting too long, that momentum could decrease, having the same result by
losing a large user base...

As we cannot have both ( complete .NET 1.0 support and a release very soon )
we must find an optimal solution...

-- Rob.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nick Drochak [mailto:nick at ingeniumgroup.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 12:23 PM
> To: mono-devel-list at lists.ximian.com
> Subject: [Mono-devel-list] Version moniker for Mono Release
> Hi,
> I've been thinking a bit about the moniker of "Mono 1.0" that is currently
> being used to describe the planned first stable/public/non-development
> release of Mono.  I suggest we take some time to think about that before
> using it willy-nilly.
> I believe from a marketing point of view this might have some problems.
> We
> are implying, regardless of how much we qualify ourselves in ReadMe's,
> descriptions of contents and caveats, that Mono 1.0 is the same as .NET
> 1.0.
> I believe a large number of people who are exposed to Mono first as a 1.0
> product will have a negative impression. I think there will be many
> Windows
> developers (including ISV's) that will see "Mono 1.0 Released!" and think,
> "Hey, I'd love to run my app on Linux if I could." They will install it,
> try
> to run their .NET app they've already built on it, and *most likely* find
> out it doesn't work for them.  They will then come away with a negative
> impression that "mono doesn't work." Initial impressions are hard to
> change.
> Yes, some will file bugzilla reports and some will even become significant
> contributors.  However, those will be a *very* small percentage. It seems
> to
> me a significant risk to possibly alienate such a large user base. We need
> to be aware that we are not only targeting developers who are building
> apps
> geared for Mono, but there is a significant number of people with apps
> already built, in progress, or whatever that are waiting to run them on
> Linux.
> The suggestion of calling it "Mono Core 1.0" is on the right track, I
> think.
> However, I think the name needs to more strongly reflect the reality that
> it
> will contain a subset of whatever an equivalent version of .NET has.
> In addition, consider the situation 5 or so years from now when we have
> say,
> Mono 1.8 and .NET 2.3.  What is anyone new to .NET/Mono supposed to make
> of
> that?  Even the core hackers will be hard pressed to remember what's in
> what.
> Anyway, I think we should discuss it and carefully consider it.  Names do
> have a significant impact.
> Comments?
> Nick D.
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