Xamarin Apt and Yum repos now open for testing

Howdy y’all Two of the main things I’ve been working on since I started at Xamarin are making it easier for people to try out the latest bleeding-edge Mono, and making it easier for people on older distributions to upgrade Mono without upgrading their entire OS. Public Jenkins packages Every time anyone commits to Mono […]

Transition tracker

Friday was my last day at Collabora, the awesome Open Source consultancy in Cambridge. I’d been there more than three years, and it was time for a change. As luck would have it, that change came in the form of a job offer 3 months ago from my long-time friend in Open Source, Miguel de […]

Stephenson’s Rocket – the new name for Ye Olde SteamOSe

I’ve made a new release of my curiously popular SteamOS derivative, and given it a new name: Stephenson’s Rocket. You can download the new release from here. Release highlights: Updated to alchemist_beta 93 Support for pre-HD5000 Radeon cards Support for motherboard-based “FakeRAID” Video tutorial series – about an hour of instructional material for all competency […]

Dear Fake Debian Developers, shoo.

Another post about the Valve/Collabora free games thing. This time, the bad bit – people trying to scam free games from us. Before I start, I want to make one thing clear – there are people who have requested keys who don’t meet the criteria, but are honest and legitimate in their requests. This blogspam […]

Dear Debian Developers, lrn2gpg

For some strange reason, I’ve been receiving a lot of GPG-signed mail from Debian Developers and Maintainers lately. In response to each of these mails, I need to send a GPG-encrypted reply. The rate at which I’m able to send replies has been significantly hampered by the poor state in which many DD/DM’s maintain their […]

Here Ye, Here Ye

Valve Software’s Steam is the number one digital game distribution service, with more than 65 million registered accounts. Steam runs on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux x86/amd64 computers, and provides access to several thousand games, at varying price points – an enormous growth from less than a dozen games for Windows only about a decade […]

The directhex! In an Adventure with MIPS

We’ve been trying to build Mono on MIPS in Debian for a long time. Just under a decade, in fact. Mono 0.29.99.20040114-3 was the first attempt, back when the Mono source was 10 meg, not today’s ~80. It never worked though. Not once. At the end of 2004, 10 upstream versions later, we gave up, and […]

Viennese Whirl

A week or so ago, I made my way to Vienna for the .NET + GNOME Hackfest 2013 – a chance to link up with my fellow developers and help shape the future of Mono apps as part of desktop Linux. The trip was far from simple, nearly missing my outgoing flight thanks to obstinate […]

Evil, or why Douglas Crockford is harmful to Free Software

Yesterday I received a new serious bug report against Mono in Debian. For those not in the know, “serious” severity is release critical, and can trigger removal of a package from the distribution in order to make a shipping release (e.g. if Debian is in deep freeze, as is the case right now). Bug 692614 relates to […]

How to build a bungalow… begin with the chimney

Whilst nobody was looking, Mono became the most important framework in the world of games. And I mean that with only a smidge more than my usual levels of hyperbole. It really is fantastically important, as far as game development goes. I blogged a long time ago about its use inside EA’s multi-million-selling The Sims […]