Monos, Gorillas, Suses and Mandrakes

Background

So you know I run a Mandrake 9.2 at home (Mandrake 9.1 at my laptop). I have installed Mandrake 10 recently, but I don't really like it. I have been using Linux since kernel 1.2.13 (a long time ago, I have the sources somewhere) and have evolved from the initial distributions to slackware to redhat to debian to Mandrake.

I have installed lots of Linux distributions, using the most weird mechanisms you can imagine. I remember installing a Debian distribution on a laptop using PLIP (Parallel Port IP), and having to delete all /usr/doc while installing in order to make it fit in a 40Mb HD (i386 box). It made a nice print server for an Apple network. We could emulate an expensive Apple Color Laser Printer using a cheap HP Inkjet!

I really liked Debian. It was (it is) a rock-solid distribution. It took me a long time to move to Mandrake. But, you know, with age you become sort of lazy for keeping in sync with latest stuff. Mandrake is a nice compromise between stability, security and ease of use. I imagine your preferred distribution is cool as well (after all that's why you're using it, right?) but no, thanks, I'm all set with Mandrake.

The problem

So you can call me a Linux guru. At least a Linux-installation guru. Or so I was once upon a time. But not anymore.

I am disappointed: I can't install Novell's mono (aka Ximian's) in Mandrake. I cannot find the latest binaries for Mandrake. It seems I cannot even compile it.

The solution

So I assume I'll have to install some sort of Novell-like distribution, say Novell's Suse in order to be able to run Mono.

Fragmentation?

I don't think the Linux developer community will be fragmented by the huge amount of Linux distributions out there. The linux kernel is well-driven by Linus Torvalds. He's intelligent enough to keep tight control on the kernel so it doesn't fragment (yeah, same here with Sun and Java). But I'm afraid the Linux user community will fragment. In fact is starting to happen right now. If you're a Mandrake user you're in trouble for running mono. At least this is happening to me. Why can't I run mono on Mandrake? I don't think Novell wants it to run only on Suse/RedHat, right?

Help!

So if you happen to know how to run mono on Mandrake (9.2, thanks) then just please let me know how to make it happen by sending me an email.

Thanks in advance!!

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