[Mono-list] Mono 0.8 has been released!

Joe Tennies joe@fatnsoft.com
13 Feb 2002 20:27:00 -0600

I know I'm a bit slow to be replying to this, but I've been behind on my
email.  I have to catch up o a few days worth of mailing lists =)

I have one suggestion:
Make sure that the configure script detects for glib-1.3.  I personally
don't want multiple copies of the library on my computer when I don't
need it.  (I don't even want to know how many copies of Wine are lying
around on my system... find a couple more every time I look.)

This way, you can install your "glib2-lite" for thouse w/o glib2, but
those of us with glib2 installed won't have 2 copies of it.

(You may have been thinking about this, but I just thought I should
point it out.)

On Mon, 2002-02-11 at 21:18, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> Hello!
>     Mono 0.8 has been released.  The main difference between this and
> the snapshots is that I got to test this release, and included a
> pre-compiled version of the class libraries and the compiler for your
> total Linux enjoying experience.
>     The compiler can not yet self-host on Linux, as there are still
> various bugs present in our class libraries (check Paolo's recent post
> to mono-list for details on what bits are missing if you want to help
> out). 
>     Where can you get the goodies?
> 	* Mono runtime: 
> 		http://www.go-mono.com/archive/mono-0.8.tar.gz
> 	* Mono class library and compiler:
> 		http://www.go-mono.com/archive/mcs-0.8.tar.gz
>     There are so many new things since version 0.7, that it is hard to
> know where to start.  But we got the compiler that can compile itself
> (and I have been hard at work making it emit every possible error
> message on earth, so that it is not only a compiler, but a useful
> development tool), a JIT engine for Linux/x86 systems and an interpreter
> that works on Linux/PPC systems.
>     No other systems have been tested on this release, but we welcome
> contributions.  Sergey's StrongARM port has not been integrated, but
> Paolo's patches to cross compile Mono are included.  The compiler `mcs'
> can compile a quite a few applications on Linux, but nothing really
> major ones (it cant compile itself yet), if you want to help, again
> there are many bugs in our classes that need to be ironed out.
>     We have also built an IO layer into our runtime that emulates the IO
> model in Windows, because this model is exposed to the class library
> user, so it has to be done.  One advantage is that you can "select/poll"
> for both file descriptors and mutexes.  Sweet!
>     In this release, we of course include all the source code to the
> class libraries (and that juicy Regex engine is in there, the WebForms
> classes, System.Reflection and Reflection Emit, as well as piles of work
> on making all our object serializable and support all the exceptions in
> .NET). 
>    There is still a long road to go, but I have been putting off this
> release since December 5th, so here it is.  Hopefully I should be making
> releases more often, for those of you curious as to what we are doing.
>    Also, there are test suites for the compiler, the runtime and the
> class libraries.  The class library tests fail all over the place: an
> indication that you can be part of this whole open source thing and help
> fix the bugs ;-).  The compiler and runtime pass their tests though.
>    Now, the bad news is that you will need pkgconfig and glib 1.3 to
> compile and install Mono, you can get these from:
> 	http://www.freedesktop.org/software/pkgconfig
> 	ftp://ftp.gtk.org/pub/gtk/v1.3/glib-1.3.12.tar.gz
>    Once you compile and install those, you can compile `mono' on Linux. 
> If you wish to recompile the class libraries or work on the compiler,
> you still need to use the .NET Framework on Windows.
>     I am considering seriously just copy/pasting the code from
> glib-1.3.12 that we use/require into mono to reduce the number of
> packages that must be compiled. 
>     We are on the case to fix this.  Promised.
> Enjoy,
> Miguel
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