The Mono project's leader and GNOME founder Miguel de Icaza was kind enough to pass along a number of news tidits from Mono Summit 2007, held last week in Barcelona.
First, the open source organization, sponsored by Novell, decided to separate the source code into three chunks: ECMA Core, Server and Desktop.
"Before we were similar to .NET: everything in a single bundle," de Icaza said in an e-mail. "But there are too many users that do not need everything and it was also increasing our QA [quality assurance] having everything bundled together."
The Mono project also announced that MonoDevelop 1.0 has entered final beta and will be released in late January. MonoDevelop is a GNOME IDE for Microsoft C# and other .NET languages. The version 1.0 release will offer basic support for ASP.NET web project deployment and Visual Studio 2005 Web Application projects.
The Mono Debugger will be officially supported beginning with the next release of Mono, 1.2.6, which is expected to be released this week. It is expected to be included in an updated version of MonoDevelop in April, the Mono leader also said. "This is the No. 1 requested feature from everyone at the conference," he said.
The Mono project also had some news of interest for Mac users at the summit, which began November 26 and ended November 30.
For one, Mono on MacOS will support Gtk#, which is a GUI toolkit of .NET bindings that allows developers to build native GNOME apps using Mono. Additionally, MonoDevelop will be supported on the Mac ,de Icaza said. "MonoDevelop with Gtk# on MacOS will be a part of our standard download," he said.