Mono repository changes, beginning Mono vNext

Up to now, Linux packages on have come in two flavours – RPM built for CentOS 7 (and RHEL 7), and .deb built for Debian 7. Universal packages that work on the named distributions, and anything newer. Except that’s not entirely true. Firstly, there have been “compatibility repositories” users need to add, to deal […]

A quick introduction to Flatpak

Releasing ISV applications on Linux is often hard. The ABI of all the libraries you need changes seemingly weekly. Hence you have the option of bundling the world, or building a thousand releases to cover a thousand distribution versions. As a case in point, when MonoDevelop started bundling a C Git library instead of using a […] Linux packages, June 2015 edition

The latest stable release of Mono has happened, the first bugfix update to our 4.0 branch. Here are the release highlights, and some other goodies. Stable Packages This release covers Mono 4.0.1, and MonoDevelop 5.9. As promised last time, this includes builds for RPM-based x64 systems (CentOS 7 minimum), Debian-based x64, i386, ARMv5 Soft Float, and […] Linux packages, January 2015 edition

The latest version of Mono has released (actually, it happened a week ago, but it took me a while to get all sorts of exciting new features bug-checked and shipshape). Stable packages This release covers Mono 3.12, and MonoDevelop 5.7. These are built for all the same targets as last time, with a few caveats […] Linux packages – an update

It’s been pointed out to me that many people aren’t aware of the current status of Linux packages on, so I’m here’s a summary: Stable packages Mono 3.10.0, MonoDevelop, NuGet 2.8.1 and F# packages are available. Plus related bits. MonoDevelop on Linux does not currently include the F# addin (there are a […]

The unstoppable march of mobile technology

It’s been more than 2 years since my last post about my smartphone. In the time after that post I upgraded my much loved Windows Phone 7 device to Windows Phone 8 (which I got rid of within months, for sucking), briefly used Firefox OS, then eventually used a Nexus 4 for at least a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]