[Mono-list] Mono builds for Linux

"Andrés G. Aragoneses" knocte at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 08:55:08 UTC 2014

On 03/04/14 18:31, David Curylo wrote:
> Andrés,
> On Apr 3, 2014, at 11:16 AM, Andrés G. Aragoneses <knocte at gmail.com
> <mailto:knocte at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Do your packages install somewhere below /opt ? If yes, then I will not
>> recommend them because it's not a standard prefix. AFAIU /opt is an
>> ideal prefix for parallel mono installations.
> These effectively are parallel installations.  They can be installed
> alongside the mono from the various distros repositories, which is
> exactly how I am using them.  Maybe what we really need is an official
> listing of parallel mono distributions.
>>> Alternatively, for just Ubuntu builds, there is the work by Eberhard:
>>> https://launchpad.net/~ermshiperete/+archive/monodevelop
> This is indicative of the problem that there aren’t any official
> packages, parallel or otherwise.  Why should people have to dig for mono
> packages?

Because if their distro doesn't provide up-to-date versions of mono,
there's always a reason for it. Take in account that there are many
mono-based apps in the distributions which need to be tested against the
new versions, and sometimes mono regressions hold packagers back (so
they prefer not to package some new version until the regression has
been fixed). Take in account that "official distro packagers" care more
about the quality and stability of the software packaged by the distro
than about providing the latest versions of anything.

>> WRT Ubuntu/Debian builds, I would rather recommend the PPAs and official
>> repositories of the official mono/monobased-apps packagers: directhex
>> and meebey.
> These packages are consistently out of date, unfortunately.  For

Yes. And fortunately, you can help to avoid that to happen. For example,
in the case of ubuntu/debian, you can go chat with us in the OFTC
network, #debian-cli channels. Collaborating with the distro packagers
will always be a way to avoid duplication of efforts.

> example, they are currently at 3.2.4, whereas those produced by Tim seem
> to follow the release very closely and match what is on the mono website
> downloads page (currently 3.4.0).  But if they are kept up to date
> responsibly, then it seems like they should become the official releases
> and maybe Eberhard should be asking the same questions as Tim.  
> Also, these are Debian / Ubuntu only.  Fedora, CentOS, and OpenSUSE are
> left out.
> It would be very nice to be able to find the latest distributions
> anytime they are needed instead of having to hunt for them for the
> various distributions one wants to support for their application.
> Thanks,
> Dave
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