Zoltan Varga has removed the big locks we had on the Mono
runtime, and has replaced them with fine-grained locks using a
lattice to describe the order in which the locks are to be
obtained to avoid dead-lock situations. This was part of the
thread safety audit on the Mono runtime engine.
Alp improved the UI of
Monodoc, so it now looks a lot prettier:
Other changes in Monodoc during the past week include the
display of extra information for matches, in this case, I
selected the "ToString" method from the incremental search
window, and a list of matches is displayed:
Johannes today contributed a patch to Mono's Windows.Forms
that makes it track the Gtk theme colors; His new patch will
also pick the default font settings. You can see it here.
Gonzalo in the meantime made me very happy with the changes
to XSP (our ASP.NET server) that allow for multiple
applications to be hosted on a single server. This finally
will let me run all my web apps and web services under
The SharpWT team has a full C#-based version of SWT ready
to run, and they have made tremendous progress on the toolkit
in the last two weeks (working both on Windows and on
The Mono Brazil site is Up.
It is TWiki based, but the content is there now.
Today's hip thing is of course the text-mode Gtk+. I
love this hack, and am puzzled by their effort to build a
Midnight Commander-like program using it, but the pages are in
post on his blog is also fascinating: many internal
details about the CLR are exposed, but also, I am still quite
surprised by the layering done by NT on their low-level
loading interfaces, it seems too complicated when you contrast
it with ELF file loading (seems to me like a backwards
compatibility feature). Mono happily can avoid a lot of this,
but for a price: they are today executing C++ code out of the
box, we cant yet.
Michael Meeks is also showing
off what seems to the uninformed viewer like a
Gtk-like layout system for Open Office.
Guadec, and Linux at Work?
There are various cities in Europe that want to host the
Guadec, and we can only host it in one place. I was thinking
that maybe after Guadec, or before Guadec, the tutorial
speakers for Guadec could tour Europe for a week or two,
delivering tutorials on the various subjects: not really a
tour aimed at Gnome developers, but aimed at users and
developers interested in using the Gnome platform. Very much
like what the Linux at Work folks do.
That has the advantage of getting Gnome better known in
various places in Europe, but focusing our Guadec effort in a
single city. What do you think? Mail me your thoughts.
Don: what is that cell phone of yours?
Don is going around with an absolutely hip SmartPhone
running the .NET Framework, which am in love with. But after
using all my internet browsing powers, I have failed to locate
the model and provider for it. It seems to be available only
If you run into Don, get him to mail me the information
Maria Laura and myself arrived to Sao Paolo. Tomorrow we
will be visiting the Joao at the telecentros in the Favelas
where they are using Gnome, Debian and Linux to operate those