[arch-dev-public] Mono release 2.8 with major changes is coming (soon)
daniel.isenmann at gmx.de
Wed Aug 4 02:28:47 EDT 2010
I know that many of you don't use mono, but anyway a new major release
is coming with some changes which may affect packages which depends on mono.
I have read the changelog draft of mono 2.8 (you can find it here:
http://mono-project.com/Release_Notes_Mono_2.8) and there are some
significant changes, like the removing of .NET 1.1 profile. Normally
that shouldn't be a problem, because most applications are using .NET
2.0 profile and not the old 1.1, but who knows if some applications
using the old one. If an application uses the old 1.1 profile it will be
automatically switched to the 2.0 profile and a warning should appear.
Seven old and deprecated libraries will be removed from the mono
release, to be precisly:
* Microsoft.JScript and Microsoft.Vsa
Mono 2.8 will ship a new garbage collector (SGen), I will activate it by
default. You can change that by setting an environment variable
(information will follow at release day). The new release includes 4 new
libraries from Microsoft directly, they are licensed und MS-PL or Apache
2 Open Source Licenses, so that shouldn't be a problem for us.
Another critical change will be the ThreadPool behavior. This has been
changed and will potentially break existing applications.
I have written in my "Away" email that you can update my packages, but
please DO NOT UPDATE the mono packages during my vacation. I will update
mono after my vacation (if it will be released in that time). As always
I try to do the update as smooth as possible, but this time there are
some real big changes in the new release which may not "allow" this.
Sorry for the long email and such specific information about the new
mono release, but I think it's necessary for such a major release.
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