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Re: [opensuse] easy kde/gnome/mono questions
  • From: David Canar <david@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 15:02:50 -0700
  • Message-id: <458C560A.7040205@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Greg Freemyer wrote:
I now want to start experimenting with writing a Mono application.

I get the impression that means I should switch to Gnome. Correct?
Why? mono is kde, gnome, or any other desktop independent, as an extra it comes with many bindings for the gnome desktop (gnome libraries) but you don't have to install them if you don't want to use them. Mono has many window tool kits such as gtk-sharp, Windows.Forms, and soon a Qt 4 one ( all of them should work independently of the desktop you use (they use the gtk, qt, libgdiplus libraries which come with SUSE or mono regardless the desktop you are using) so the applications you develop should work on any desktop that has those libraries + mono, and for command line programs you don't even need the X server installed. So, don't worry about switching desktops, mono works great in KDE. (and if you are a KDE fan, the Qyoto projects will let you create KDE or Qt-specific programs)
And then are there any special packages I should be sure to install?

Depending on the type of programs you are planning to develop, select the components of mono you want to install and Yast will install any dependency it is needed.
As a first step I just want to get the HelloWorld app they have to
compile and run.

As a recommendation, add the mono repository you can find on the mono-project page to yast to get the latest mono packages and use monodevelop to create your programs, it comes very handy.

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