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

Evan Huus eapache at
Sat Mar 19 02:23:38 UTC 2011

>From the Ubuntu mono page (

> Mono is considered a "core framework" in Ubuntu, meaning
> it has many applications depending upon it (roughly 40
> applications). Due to this, the chance of one of those
> applications breaking due to unexpected changes in their
> underlying framework is considered too high to risk an update.

Given this, the chance of getting an SRU in for any current version is
effectively zero. I think getting it into Natty is your best bet at
this point. I don't really know who you would want to talk to in order
to get that done, but perhaps somebody else on the list could help?

I'm sorry that your experience thus far hasn't been great, hopefully
Ubuntu can do better in the future.


On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM, Vernon Cole <vernondcole at> wrote:
> 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
> Natty?
> --
> Vernon
> 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?
>>> --
>>> Vernon Cole
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