[MonoDevelop] Review of MonoDevelop

Mike Krüger mkrueger at xamarin.com
Fri Jul 26 07:31:57 UTC 2013


Mono has a very unfortunate history on Linux - many people hated/blocked 

There are several good reasons why the jvm and java IDEs get updated to 
the latest version 10 minutes after they release something and mono 
doesn't get updated years after release.
Therefore you need to build from source - it requires some set up, but 
it's worth it.

If you want a distribution that ships never versions try Arch Linux - 
they're an exception. (I could imagine that gentoo ships the latest 
stuff as well)


> Hi,
> Yes, MonoDevelop has steadily improved. I also have strong Windows
> background but have been experimenting in Ubuntu for the last several years.
> Perhaps the MD community can explain this to me and I am not trying to start
> any holy war here only to seek information to satisfy my query.
> In Windows, I have no trouble of installing the latest Visual Studio in
> Windows - for example I am running VS2010 in XP. However, I am using Ubuntu
> 12.04 LTS and I am stuck in MonoDevelop 3.x even using a PPA to update it.
> Perhaps I am using the wrong PPA or wrong distro of Linux?
> I have experimented with PMono and that seemed to work allowing me to use a
> different version - kind of like side-by-side support. Why can't MD be
> installed into UBuntu independent of the version of the OS?
> In my development machine running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, I have no trouble
> upgrading Oracle's NetBean IDE to the latest version.
> Is there something I can do other than building from source?
> Thanks.
> Leon
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