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After some research I found out, that the repo provides the old version 2.6 of the MonoDevelop IDE, but as there is already the latest version published I want to know whether someone knows how I can install it (there is no package out for Ubuntu 11.10) without messing up my current system.

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You can remove the version of monodevelop installed through Ubuntu's software sources, download the source code archive for monodevelop 2.8 upstream (http://monodevelop.com/Download), and build and install the source manually. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingEasyHowTo for general advice on building software from source.

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For those who experience installation problems like me - this one helped me a lot Config Problems –  Christian Ivicevic Oct 31 '11 at 16:08

I was also looking around, and I found a ppa that might interest you if you have not already found a solution:

https://launchpad.net/~ermshiperete/+archive/monodevelop

I just installed it and it seems to be working alongside with 2.6 with no issues. Cheers

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I came across this thread looking for this exact issue. While this was of some help, I found this tutorial to be a great resource as well. Just wanted to share.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Eliah Kagan Jul 13 '12 at 1:37

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