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Mono is a software platform designed to allow developers to easily create
cross platform applications. It is an open source implementation of
Microsoft's .Net Framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common
Language Runtime. We feel that by embracing a successful, standardized
software platform, we can lower the barriers to producing great applications
- Mono build relies on a working Mono C# compiler to compile itself
(also known as bootstrapping). However, without Mono installed, the
build process uses the 'monolite' distribution, which contains just
enough to run the 'mcs' compiler.
This is considered a "slightly more risky approach" to build Mono.
So, besides Mono sources, this SlackBuild uses a full featured
and precompiled Mono Compiler to bootstrap.