[Mono-list] Surveys: Mono 1.0 and Mono Conference.
Miguel de Icaza
08 Oct 2003 22:24:56 -0400
I want to query the community, and find out about two things:
* What should Mono 1.0 be?
* When and where should we do a Mono developer summit.
* Mono 1.0
Mono is rapidly approaching maturity in various of its class
libraries, the question in everyone's minds is: is it worth
waiting for the full .net framework implementation to be ready
to publish 1.0, or is a subset fine?
Mono 1.0 so far is going to be a subset, and my current thinking
is `.NET 1.0 minus two major pieces: EnterpriseServices and
But today some people suggested that we might want to have a
Mono 1.0 release earlier by committing to less than that,
Toolchain (ilasm, ildasm, al, etc)
corlib, System, System.XML, System.Security.
ADO.NET (System.Data and providers)
ASP.NET (System.Web.Services and System.Web)
Anything else that is robust by the time the other components
are deemed "stable" would also make it. So if for example
"System.Wasabinator" is of 1.0 quality by the time the rest is
done, we can also include it.
We would later publish the other components in upcoming
JScript, VB.NET (compiler and runtimes)
* Mono Conference (Code name: Mono Summit of Love).
Gnome has been fairly successful at running yearly conferences
for users and developers. And these face to face meetings are
fantastic to improve the collaboration between the various parts
of the project, and help to go over development bumps rather
Also, it is great to put faces and voices to nicknames and email
So am thinking that we need to have a such a summit. There are
two questions: what is the audience for this summit and where
should we base it.
We can certainly make this a hacker-only conference, but
given the amount of projects, companies and developers
using Mono, it might make sense to have something with a
In one extreme we have the `big room with internet
access, printers and laptops' and in the other we have
something more formal including presentations on
specific technologies, tutorials and workshops.
I know active Mono developers would like to come (and am
working on getting the funding to pay for airfares and
hotels for those who can not afford a trip to the other
end of the world).
I suggested Cancun during summer break, but Nat quickly
pointed out that if you are working for a company, there
was no way your boss would authorize such a thing.
So here are the parameters:
* If we are getting many latin-americans/asians,
we should do it in a country that does not
require VISAs, so that rules out the US and
* If we are getting mostly US citizens,
Europeans that are under the VISA waiver
program and just a few foreigners, we might
consider the US.
My choice would be to pick a cheap city, rather than an
expensive one, and one that has good airport
connectivity to minimize airfare cost, for case A we
* Cancun, Mexico.
* Barcelona, Spain
For case B we could probably do Boston, unless some
University wants to step up and provide some facilities.
Love, Love, Love,