[Mono-list] Mono version for Windows - why is there one?

Atsushi Eno atsushi at ximian.com
Wed Jan 7 21:26:03 EST 2009

Kornel gave a very nice explanation on it.

I have another use case. When we test P/Invoke over cross-platform
native library (so/dll), mono on windows is very useful to examine
problems if the port doesn't work fine.

Atsushi Eno

Kornél Pál wrote:
> Hi,
> .NET Framework is just a part of Windows so it makes sense to have a 
> Windows port of Mono. This also helps making Mono more platform independent.
> You may also find useful to test your applications on Windows with Mono 
> even if you target Linux because it is very similar to the Linux port.
> On the other hand you even can embed Mono to your application and take 
> advantage of being able to strip unneeded parts to shrink the deployment 
> size.
> Kornél
> niknil wrote:
>> I've just started looking at Mono, and wonder why there is a Windows version
>> available for download? Since Mono is a .NET port for Linux etc, it seems to
>> me that it wouldn't be useful on Windows since .NET is already there. Sounds
>> a bit like a Wine version for Windows. Obviously, I must be missing
>> something, but what?
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