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I would now concur (if in fact you are referring to development with MonoGame). It appears that MonoGame does not have its own content pipeline manager, and requires you to still use the original XNA to create things like spritefonts and effect files, then use another (windows-only) program to convert them to the appropriate format, then you have to load it into MonoGame and hope it works and if it doesn't, "ffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuu" is about your only response!

Unity3D all the way for development! I did some tests with some games and they work beautifully on Linux Mint!

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MonoGame has an in-work content pipeline. I think its in the GitHub repo, but i havent really used it yet. Additionally, if you are cloning MonoGame from the GitHub repo, you need to initialize and update the submodules (downloads the dependancies into subrepos) via "git submodule init" and "git submodule update" respectively. Finally, i believe it relies on libsdl mixer v1.2, so you'll need to install that as well (easiest through synaptic "sudo apt-get install synaptic" and then grab it through synaptic).

Also, for the adventuresome, there is ArchLinux. I honestly would not recommend this for linux newbies as the installation is a trial in and of itself. However, it is always has the latest-greatest stuff available. Want MonoDevelop 4.1, but dont want to compile it yourself, use pacman to grab it for ya! Arch is pretty slick and i use it on my lappy... well, not Arch per-se but a more friendly Arch variant called Manjaro (http://manjaro.org). Istallation is fast and easy and it supports Xfce, OpenBox, Cinnamon, Gnome, KDE, and others i think. So if you're curious in trying a rolling release linux, Manjaro is very user friendly. It also supports Optimus hybrid graphics cards out of the box via Bumblebee, so that makes me very happy smile.png

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Also, for the adventuresome, there is ArchLinux. I honestly would not recommend this for linux newbies as the installation is a trial in and of itself.

I can personally attest that :D ArchLinux installation isn't just an installation, it's a rite of passage.

 

Failed miserably to install it with EFI on my eee 1201PN (I haven't seen the "Fast boot" option in the bios since I deleted Windows 7 from it). Then had a more successful try with a normal BIOS + GPT install. Pacman works nicely enough, and ArchLinux wiki is awesome.

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I've heard of ArchLinux. Even the geekiest person I know (who works as a librarian/IT specialist at a university) says that he never got ArchLinux to work, and much preferred the ease of Ubuntu or Debian. After looking into ArchLinux, I can say I'll likely never attempt it. :P

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I failed the ArchLinux "rite of passage". Tried really hard both in a VM for practice and on a real computer but I never got past the installation screen. Oh well :)

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I failed the ArchLinux "rite of passage". Tried really hard both in a VM for practice and on a real computer but I never got past the installation screen. Oh well smile.png

 

It has an installation screen? Try Gentoo. I've never had to recompile my kernel so many times to get some basic drivers working! :D

 

Also, I am definitely looking forward to the monogame content pipeline implementation!

 

https://github.com/mono/MonoGame/wiki/Content-Build-Pipeline

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That "everything you need you must compile first" mentality of Gentoo its quite fun. In the sense of pure madness that is. "Hey, a new JVM update! Better compile the 4 million LOC jvm again!".

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That "everything you need you must compile first" mentality of Gentoo its quite fun. In the sense of pure madness that is. "Hey, a new JVM update! Better compile the 4 million LOC jvm again!".

 

I ran it on a box at my last job for a while, though I can't for the life of me remember why...

 

I finally switched it back to Ubuntu after having to recompile the full system 3 times in a week.

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I don't think I'll ever want to have to manually compile my operating system. It just sounds frustrating. This is why I like things like Linux Mint. tongue.png

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