[Mono-list] Mono 2.6 for Ubuntu

Casper Bang casper.bang at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 16:00:12 EST 2010

This issue comes up from time to time on this list. I tend to agree with
you, one must conclude this is done primarily to drive people towards
Novell. Which is fair of course, as Novell funds a lot of the
development. However, business objectives aside, there's no doubt that
Mono itself would gain greater penetration if it was also a first class
citizen on *buntu. But c'est la vie.


James Mansion wrote:
> B.R. wrote:
>> It's not really up to Novell here, it's up to the Debian/Ubuntu 
>> maintainers to decide when new versions get supported. Part of the 
>> reason for this is that Debian, and by extension Ubuntu, have very 
>> specific policies on how things should be packaged (the Debian Free 
>> Software Guidelines are very strict, and the Mono project does violate 
>> them in a few places), and Novell simply haven't the resources to 
>> invest in hiring someone specifically to do Debian (and by extension 
>> Ubuntu) packaging, so it's left up to the maintainers who do a pretty 
>> good job with the time and resources they have. The reason binaries 
>> are shipped for Windows with every release is because there's no 
>> package specification to follow, so the binary packages are easy to 
>> build (build the libs, put them in the right places, package them up 
>> in an installer and you're good to go).
> I think that's a bit lame - it makes a big assumption about the mono 
> team shipping a package for a start. Binary compatibility for apps (if 
> not drivers) is at least passable with current Linux systems.  Why 
> should it be hard to ship a universal binary when Adobe and Sun (in 
> particular) have managed it for a long time?
> I can see that Novell need SLES to be the best platform for Mono for 
> commercial, but I think it needs to be ubiquitous first and then given 
> value add on the Novell product - and that means better support for 
> other Linuxen, and OpenSolaris, and FreeBSD.
> James
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