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Old Oct 15, 2010, 07:40 PM   #1
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Linux IDE?

I am playing around with Ubuntu 10.10 x64 in VirtualBox with OS 10.6.4 as host (so far I really like it; I may install Ubuntu on an old PC I have), and since I code a lot I'd like to install some kind of developer tools. However, I don't know what the choices are in the Linux world. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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[edit] the GNU compilers are already installed; I mainly want something that offers syntax-aware text editing like Xcode.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 01:12 AM   #2
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QT Creator is a nice choice. So far its my favorite besides XCode.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 07:09 AM   #3
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Under Linux I have used KDevelop, Netbeans, and Eclipse.

Kdevelop has always been fast, but has always lacked a nice CVS/Diff integration. It has some integration, it's just not very well done - at least last I tried it. They have a new version out now though.

I used eclipse for a while - great bells and whistles, but at the time I was using it the code assistance feature was so slow it was unbearable. I hear this has gotten better since I gave up on it.

After getting fed up with eclipse's slowness, I tried netbeans with it's C++ integration. It's speed was much better and the interface seemed more intuitive to me.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 08:06 AM   #4
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Netbeans and Eclipse have always been too slow imo. KDevelop is good and so is Code::block.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 10:53 AM   #5
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If you just want a text-editor with some advance features like syntax-highlighting, you can try vim. It's available on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, and it's highly appreciated by programmers.
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Old Oct 18, 2010, 12:14 AM   #6
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If you're running Linux in virtualization with OS X as the host, why do you even need a Linux IDE? Just use your favorite OS X IDE and save the files to your Linux drive.
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Old Oct 18, 2010, 05:13 AM   #7
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Oh I'm so glad this question wasn't asked on a linux board or blood would have been flying already :P

I personally use Netbeans when I use linux. I use Netbeans on Mac too for C++ projects for class since I have to end up building them in Visual Studio. I like Netbeans....they came a LONG way.
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If you're running Linux in virtualization with OS X as the host, why do you even need a Linux IDE? Just use your favorite OS X IDE and save the files to your Linux drive.
For my environment, I have linux running in VMWare and I run the OSX version of netbeans. Netbeans has a nice remote build so I can build right from netbeans running under OSX, it ssh's to the linux VM, builds, then sends the build output back to NB so I can then click on the errors just as if I were building locally.

I think eclipse offers this ability also.
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I am playing around with Ubuntu 10.10 x64 in VirtualBox with OS 10.6.4 as host (so far I really like it; I may install Ubuntu on an old PC I have), and since I code a lot I'd like to install some kind of developer tools. However, I don't know what the choices are in the Linux world. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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[edit] the GNU compilers are already installed; I mainly want something that offers syntax-aware text editing like Xcode.
I know this is an oooold thread, but Fedora/CentOS/OpenSUSE are considered more of the developer distros than Ubuntu. Fedora even comes with a whole lot of options for installing particular developer tool chains.
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Old Oct 21, 2010, 12:58 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm leaning towards NetBeans because I already have it on the Mac side of things, and I have a new OpenSolaris VM. It actually runs better than Ubuntu in the VM.

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I know this is an oooold thread, but Fedora/CentOS/OpenSUSE are considered more of the developer distros than Ubuntu. Fedora even comes with a whole lot of options for installing particular developer tool chains.
Hmmm, maybe I might try those at a later date.
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm leaning towards NetBeans because I already have it on the Mac side of things, and I have a new OpenSolaris VM. It actually runs better than Ubuntu in the VM.
OpenSolaris is a dead project now that Oracle have bought Sun Microsystems. Move to something different. FreeBSD is a good choice (it is the most Mac like open source operating system available).
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I know, but it runs good.

Can you get FreeBSD with a GUI? I have it in another VM, but it is command line only. The job of getting GNOME (and getting it to work) is not appealing to say the least.

[edit] I can't seem to get NetBeans to finish downloading in OpenSolaris, so I will indeed be wanting to move to something else.
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I bit the bullet and I'm configuring xorg and all that now.
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