[mono-packagers] Packaging mono and monodevelop

Daniel Isenmann daniel at archlinux.org
Tue May 21 15:15:01 UTC 2013

Hi Miguel,

Hello Daniel,
> Since ages there is mono 3.x out there but it's stated as beta on the
>> official download page. Monodevelop latest release is 4.0.8, but it isn't
>> possible to compile it because it's complaining about missing dependency. I
>> would really like to support the mono developers and provide the latest
>> packages to our community, but with all the splitted sources and packages
>> and absolutely no information about a release, it is not possible to
>> maintain this.
> Mono 3.0 is official, we just label it as beta for our customers on MacOS,
> because we have not tested our own Xamarin products still depend on some
> old bits in our code.

That's not really clear if you have a look at the download page:
There is clearly stated: Latest Stable Version: 2.10.x  and Beta Version:
3.0.10, there is no information that this is only for MacOS or not.

> This is a call to the mono developers / Xamarin to change this and to
>> provide us packagers with the information we need to package mono and the
>> related packages for our distribution.
> The latest versions are on the directoris on the FTP site;

That's not true sadly. The monodevelop webpage stated the latest release as
4.0.8, but the download link point to a non-existing file. The latest
version on the FTP is monodevelop 4.0. And on the front page of monodevelop
is version 3.0 advertised.

Don't get me wrong on this topic, I really like the mono framework and all
the stuff around it, but it's really hard to keep the overview of new
packages or source tarballs.

> MIguel

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