Mono 0.5

Release date: 29 Jul 2001


I have just packaged up a new version of the Mono runtime. Dietmar Paolo and myself have been very busy hacking on the runtime engine, and we have got some new bits in the package.

The only drawback of this release is that it requires LibFFI to compile, as we have implemented the initial PInvoke support. This is a problem, because libffi 1.20 does not work on Windows yet. I am going to take a look at this problem this week (I read Windows calling conventions were the same as SysVR3 on Intel).

So the new mono release features, bits of this are for the shared runtime, and bits of this are only for the interpreter:

  • PInvoke implementation (Dietmar)

  • Object system layout (Miguel, Paolo)

  • Class initialization (Miguel, Paolo)

  • Implemented calls to Members and MethodRefs (Paolo)

  • Static class variables and class method (no virtual methods yet) (Paolo)

  • Handle PInvoke signatures on disassembler (Dietmar).

  • Move towards using MonoImage, to resolve *Refs.


More stuff

The CVS server is up, and I have opened accounts for about ten contributors so far. I hope you do not have too much trouble learning cvs ;-).

This week

Starting this week, I will make daily CVS snapshots available (as the `mono’ tarball only contains a fraction of what the CVS module has) for those who do not have CVS access, and until we can get AnonCVS mirrors.

I will also try to get a single tarball process for the release and make sure that everything that you need is included in a single location to simplify compilation (so mono would ship with libffi for instance). I will also be making things available as ZIPed files, as it seems that is the most used format on the Windows world, compared to the Unix .tar.gz format.

Best wishes, Miguel.