There is an open source, cross-platform alternative to the .NET Framework implementation called Mono, based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime, however not all .NET applications can run on this platform, therefore it's safer to run all builds on a Windows environment that is configured with the .NET Framework installed.
NuGet is the package manager for the Microsoft development platform including .NET. The NuGet client tools provide the ability to produce and consume packages. The NuGet Gallery is the central package repository used by all package authors and consumers.
To release a project on NuGet, it is currently required to run the build process from a .NET (Windows) environment, as there are some known issues for NuGet to run with Mono on Linux and OSX; please refer to Mono issues on GitHub for more info.
From command-line, you can invoke the following command:
A badge can be added at the top of the project's root-level README.md file, using the following Markdown syntax:
You can also run this process continuously on each commit and publish pre-releases by integrating with MyGet.