[Mono-dev] Mono Project: Next Steps

Frank Fuchs fk.fuchs at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 7 01:41:49 EDT 2011

> Hello folks,
>   Some of you have been asking about the upcoming release of Mono 2.12.
>   We hit a little bit of a bump in the road with the layoff of the Mono
> team, but we have now re-constituted the team at Xamarin and we are getting
> back to speed.  Our first priority at Xamarin is to ensure that our amazing
> team of hackers remains employed, so we are focused on creating amazing
> products for the mobile space.   Of course, our products are entirely based
> on Mono, and as you can see from the commits to the various Mono modules, a
> lot of our energy goes into improving Mono.
>   To get the 2.12 release to your hands, here?s what we still need to do:
> (a) We need to be able to build packages
> (b) We need to be able to host the software
> (c) We need to adopt the branching and release procedures.
>   During the transition to Xamarin, we lost our build engineer. But luckily
> at Xamarin we?ve hired Alex Corrado, a very talented developer who?s
> created
> a new build system for Mono.  The good news is that we are making progress
> and we are now able to build Linux and MacOS packages.   Next, Alex is
> working on Windows builds.  We are not there yet, but we will be there in
> the next couple of weeks.
>   Once we have packages, we will setup a new website for the Mono project
> where we can host the software and the other project resources, like a
> wiki,
> forums, etc.  So we are working on a separate domain to host both a Mono
> web
> site and the software, and that should be up in the next week or two.
>   Once we have something ready, we will share the information with the rest
> of the world and give access to the new Wiki to the various maintainers to
> help us keep the content up to date.
> Thank you for your patience and your love for Mono!
> Miguel

Maybe this is a good chance to dump the cygwin stuff and switch to Mingw-w64
and MSys (as native toolchain for Windows).
It is possible to build mono in 32 and 64bit with it - some people lurking
around at this list have done it (including me).

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