"Mono is an open source project to create a free implementation
of Microsoft's .Net Development Framework as an alternative to
Microsoft's Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE).
Mono takes advantage of the command line versions of the C# and
Visual Basic .Net compilers freely available as part of Microsoft's
.Net Software Development Kit. MonoDevelop (MD) is an offshoot from
the Mono project that aims to port SharpDevelop (#Develop) to Gtk#.
If it's new to you now, you'll find it's easy to set up and work
"According to a posting from Todd Berman, the primary visionary
in the genesis of MonoDevelop, on the MonoDevelop Ximian list,
MonoDevelop out of a desire to create an IDE underneath the Mono