Today, Tuesday November 10, 2009, Novell announces a Visual Studio plugin that allows support for non-Microsoft operating systems that use .NET code development on a platform known as Mono via a new product called Mono Tools for Visual Studio 1.0. This is not a cost free toolset. In fact, it's really quite pricey--starting at $99 for the Professional (Individual) version. Of course, compared to the exorbitant price of Visual Studio, that's a mere pittance.

If you can afford Mono Tools, it's a powerful addition to your Visual Studio environment. Using Mono Tools, you can create and test your .NET applications directly on Linux--just as you would when using a Windows host. You can also build installable .NET packages for Linux and even bundle them with Linux appliances* for easy distribution.

The downside is that, it seems, you must be sold on the SUSE Linux distribution. From Visual Studio, you create your applications as SUSE rpm packages. I think that the tools should be distribution agnostic to appeal to a wider audience but perhaps that is a hangup that only I have. You should be able to select which type of package you want to use for your application and not live with the SUSE-only limitation.

Limitations (and pricing) aside, I think that Mono Tools for Visual Studio is an excellent set of tools for your Visual Studio development efforts.

What do you think? Do you think the SUSE-only limitation is too great for widespread adoption or do you think it's OK?

* Appliances are small, single task virtual machines.

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t seems, you must be sold on the SUSE Linux distribution. From Visual Studio, you create your applications as SUSE rpm packages. I think that the tools should be distribution agnostic to appeal to a wider audience

You could turn them into DPkg .deb packages with Alien for example.

And why pay? Cant you just use mono with visual studio anyway? I mean, it does support other compilers... I use Visual studio for C++ using the GNU Tools (MinGW/MinSys & CygWin)

And there is always the free SharpDevelop mono IDE which is basically Visual Studio anyway.

Maybe the "official" Mono Tools goes to 11. Surely Miguel de Icaza knows about the free ones. He is the main guy for this toolset.