After five months of delays, Massimiliano Mantione has joined the Novell Mono team. His focus will be on compiler optimizations.
As part of his interview process (which lasted a month), Massimiliano completed the arrays bounds check elimination feature for the JIT compiler. Now that he is part of the Novell staff he is redoing his work to match the current VM.
Plenty of good feedback from the Mono Beta 1. Duncan has been taking care of the packaging things, and as of today we are shipping zip files with all the packages for those of you who did not want to manually download all of the packages one by one.