[Mono-dev] Building mono on Windows issues.

Edward Ned Harvey (mono) edward.harvey.mono at clevertrove.com
Thu Oct 16 13:45:27 UTC 2014

> From: mono-devel-list-bounces at lists.ximian.com [mailto:mono-devel-list-
> bounces at lists.ximian.com] On Behalf Of Bryan Crotaz
> Basically if we could persuade Xamarin to get mono building on Windows and
> VS users able to debug Mono, suddenly there would be a lot more
> developers able to contribute without having to learn a whole new stack
> first.

As discussed previously on this list in other threads, the barrier to contribution to the mono code base is not a lack of developers - there are plenty of people willing and able to work with XS or MD on mac and linux.  The problem is bottleneck of Xam employees to review and test code submissions.  There is already a huge backlog of pull requests; they just don't have enough human resource to handle it.  The community isn't pouring forth with experienced volunteer maintainers to step into that role either.  And it takes quite an investment to get all the build & test VM's up to run a full fledged test environment anyway, which is necessary to pass before pull requests can be accepted.

Hopefully this can improve someday.  For now, community contribution is sparse.

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