GNOME & Mono Made Love At Microsoft Last Week
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 3 July 2012 at 10:16 PM EDT. Add A Comment
The "GNOME and Mono Festival of Love 2012" has now ended in Boston, which was taking place at one of Microsoft's research and development centers.

Last month I wrote about Microsoft hosting the GNOME & Mono Festival of Love, a week-long hack-fest described by Microsoft Cambridge as an "event to work on Open Source .NET integration with the GNOME platform and improve .NET powered Open Source applications."

Details on the event can be found at the Wiki while below are some information regarding some of the accomplishments the GNOME and Mono developers made last week at Microsoft. Unfortunately the conference participants didn't create a concise overview summarizing the week's work, so that's what this Phoronix article is for, based upon information gathered from Twitter, Google+ and other sources.

David Nielsen on Google+ shared his day one and two thoughts, including mentioning a number of fixed bugs, a MonoDevelop plug-in for Codice Software's Plastic proprietary version control system, there's a new prototype of the MonoMac-powered Tomboy client, debates about Gtk#3, and DBus# is coming along.

Confirmation of the GNOME-Mono developers being fond of Microsoft. "We really like the @MSNewEngland guys, they are awesome. @monohackfest"

At day 3 they reached near feature completeness for the Plastic SCM MonoDevelop extension, the Dbus# implementation is finally passing all unit tests, for the Banshee music player they updated the Last.FM scrobbling support to the 2.0 API, Pinta extension support work, Gtk#3 progress, and AAC profile support in Banshee has been re-enabled.

For the fourth and fifth days of the event was continued progress on Tomboy, finishing up efforts in converting the F-Spot build system to xbuild, Taglib#, demoing of WebKit-Gtk# bindings generated from GObject-Introspection using a GIR to GAPI translator, and voice control support in Banshee. Those details are on this Google+ page.

There's also other thoughts on this year's GNOME & Mono Festival of Love from another attendee's blog.

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