Is Mono ok as a development environment?



I'm new to Linux and programming and Mono looks pretty good to me. But I've been reading a bunch of comments that it's bad. Is it just a Microsoft hatred thing? I like the fact that what I make can be used on multiple platforms.


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As far as technology goes, the .NET environment is probably best served by Microsoft's Visual Studio, but I appreciate the bone Microsoft has thrown to the open source community (Mono). However, there are some serious concerns for Mono developers when it comes to releasing free software, since Microsoft owns some licensing rights. For a beginning developer, if you're having fun with it and learning some C# concepts, that's probably a good thing.

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The Mono project focuses on compilers and runtime libraries and does not directly provide an IDE. Developers must choose from a series of available tools the one best suited for them.

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