IronPython and Mono are very old. How can we get an update?

Vernon Cole vernondcole at
Fri Mar 18 23:36:25 UTC 2011

Hello, Evan,

I suppose you noticed that there is not a debian package on the mono
download list? Their cross reference links lead to exactly what we
already have.

By another strange twist of fate, there is a PPA on launchpad which
allegedly has a current version of mono, but it is only built for LTS
versions of Ubuntu, so to get the latest version of mono, I have to
unload Maverick and install an earlier version of Ubuntu. This is
starting to sound like an episode of "The Twilight Zone."

I am, as we speak, installing a new workstation which will have enough
resources that I would be able to build mono from source, as soon as
the 300MB of updates finish installing.  (Doing it on my laptop, which
already has two operating systems and seven versions of Python on it
was too much.)
That would do for testing. But then I would have to distribute my own
versions of mono and IronPython as well as my actual application code,
so it's not a good final answer.

So, back to my original question: What can I do to help get the distro
release up to the "latest stable version?" Should I be working on

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 3:23 PM, Evan Huus <eapache at> wrote:
> Hi Vernon,
> Welcome to the list. As far as I know this is the right place to raise
> this sort of question.
> Which version of mono you have probably depends on which release of
> Ubuntu you're using. Ubuntu 10.10 (the latest stable release of
> Ubuntu) has mono 2.6.7 which is the latest long-term stable release of
> mono according to
> RedHat, oddly enough, has mono 2.10, which is the latest release of
> mono, but is not a long-term support release. The question is probably
> more why RedHat chose to avoid the long-term release rather than why
> Ubuntu doesn't have the absolute latest version.
> Hope this helps,
> Evan
> On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM, Vernon Cole <vernondcole at> wrote:
>> Hello.
>>  I am new to the list, please forgive and let me know if this is not
>> the appropriate forum.
>> I was very pleased when IronPython appeared on synaptic -- even though
>> I was a bit concerned that the version was 2.6B2 about the time that
>> 2.6 was released.  No problem, given the regularity with which Ubuntu
>> updates their packages, so I waited.
>> A short while ago, I contributed a patch to the IronPython standard
>> library. I received a somewhat acid comment that my patch had not been
>> tested on Mono/Linux.  True, it had not.  I downloaded the current
>> source of IronPython from github, and discovered that I cannot build,
>> because my version of Mono is too old.  In order to get a current
>> version of Mono, my sources suggested, just switch to Redhat!!!  WTF?!
>>  _Redhat_ has the latest stuff and Ubuntu is dragging in ancient
>> history?
>> Something is wrong here!
>> IronPython 2.7 was released last week, with my patch and without the
>> requested test.
>> Other than grouching on this list, what can I do to get my favourite
>> distro up to speed?
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