Mono Archive

Second Mono Summit Notes

Miguel de Icaza has just posted his minute of second mono summit. This provides a lot of interesting information about mono improvements. Among others mentions "stetic" the new Gtk# GUI designer, Gtk# databindings, and a better way to package mono.

Seven Cool Mono Apps

This article provides a tour through some Mono programs, along with details about how you can start experimenting with them yourself. Not all of the programs featured here are finished products, but they're all exciting and show off interesting aspects of Mono. Even more Mono applications can be found at We should add to the list the excellent PolarViewer and SportTracker (they go together), and of course, GCursor#, CSBoardGalaxium Messenger, SkyNET and GLyrics among others like Bless, fewnn, GFax, WoodPusher, CDCollect and Kurush.

Mono 1.0.2, 1.1.1 Released

Along with the stable maintanance release of Mono 1.0.2, Novell released the first beta of the upcoming Mono 1.2: The Mono JIT has been ported to a new architectures: AMD64, SPARC v9, and S390. In the runtime detection, support for side-by-side execution of applications that require different runtime versions was implemented. Mono now will detect the runtime version that an application requires, and will load the appropriate mscorlib.dll and machine.config.

Novell Turns Up the Volume for Mono 2

"Novell has lifted the lid on enhancements integrated into the next major release of Mono, its development platform for enabling Microsoft .Net applications to run unchanged on Linux. The forthcoming version, due to ship next March, will implement a native Visual Basic (VB.Net) compiler and Windows Forms (WinForms)." Read more at

Why Mono is significant

Mono, which released version 1.0 last month, is significant in several ways: it offers the potential to unite the open source communities for Windows, Linux, and other platforms; it fulfills the niche for a powerful migration tool; it builds upon existing open source technologies such as Mozilla and Apache; and -- most importantly -- it illustrates the resolve of the open source community to rise to MS' challenge.

The Downlow on Mono

After three years and much controversy, Miguel de Icaza's Mono project has finally released its 1.0 version. NewsForge recently talked with Erik Dasque, the senior project leader for Mono, about the release of 1.0, the controversy and criticisms encountered along the way, and the plans for the future.

An Introduction to Mono as a Unified Development Platform

ArsTechnica brings you an introduction to Mono. For starters, they will dish up a basic introduction to Mono, MonoDevelop, and C#, and then branch out to GTK#, database access, ASP.NET, advanced C# topics, and conclude with a discussion of the future of Mono, and the C# standard. Not a Linux guy? Don't worry, all examples will work on Windows and Linux, with OSX support coming shortly.

Mono: More than an open-source curiosity

To de Icaza, replicating Microsoft's hard work--much of which has been published to standards body Ecma International--will make other operating systems, notably Linux, more attractive to developers. And with the "universal virtual machine" of .Net, programmers can have a greater choice in languages. In his office decorated with small stuffed monkeys ("mono" means monkey in Spanish), de Icaza spoke to CNET shortly before the company began shipping Mono version 1.0.

Mono Project Releases Version 1.0

Novell and the Mono project developer community announced the release of Mono version 1.0, an open source implementation of the .NET framework for use on Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows system. See their Release Notes, or go directly to the download page. MonoDevelop 0.5 was also released. Elsewhere, Edd Dumbill is talking about the metadata on the desktop using the Mono-based Beagle system (similar to Seth Nickell's Storage, Apple's Spotlight and originally, Be's BFS & Tracker).