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> Contrast that with Ubuntu, where installing F# took all of 5 minutes, with one command, 200MB and I had a full IDE and F# support.

Unless you want the latest version then you are cloning a few repos, compiling and hunting dependencies because building mono + ide isn't straightforward.

There's always the rolling release route, which I have been happily running for 4+ years without any issues.

Same here (Arch), but I just wanted to point out that Ubuntu has PPAs for almost every piece of software out there. Including new versions of Mono, Monodevelop and F#.

There isn't any middle ground though. I want most of my software to be stable with a few packages of the same version. Windows does this scenario. Also I have trust issues (after mint who should blame me), is there any rolling release that is backed by a company?

Disclaimer: I work at SUSE.

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed is rolling-release and we use all of the same (free software) QA and build systems we use for OpenSUSE Leap and SLE to build and test it. Not to mention that SUSE essentially mirrors packages between OpenSUSE Leap and SLE (our enterprise distribution).

I've been told by some of the people working on Tumbleweee that there's been a lot of people switching from Arch to OpenSUSE Tumbleweed because the packages are released much faster (which appears to be the case from my usage of Arch and TW). But if you're looking at having minimalist installs, there's still some work left to do (minimal "server" installs are still a bit too bloated, and --no-recommends isn't the default).

But yes, there is a rolling-release distribution backed by a company.

There's SuSE rolling, but I can also attest to Arch being super stable.

You have latest Mono and Monodevelop available from a Ubuntu/Debian repo in the oficial web site.

These days. I remember not that long ago when I was fixing files by hand to make them compile on Ubuntu. And it was just an example, topical to f#/.net. Ubuntu is great when you are fine with the version in repos, but can be more pain when there aren't any third party repos because linux distros are fractured.

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