.NET Core Development on Ubuntu 18.10

Published on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

.NET Core Development on Ubuntu 18.10

I really enjoy using Linux and specifically Debian and Ubuntu based distributions. When I started hearing the positive feedback about Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic CuttleFish, I had to give it a try. Once I got it installed I will say that it is way more responsive than Ubuntu 18.04 and resource usage seems to be down. Visually, it is a stunning release with the new Yaru theme. The main question I had was, will .NET Core install? This is a pretty fair question considering that most of the documentation on the site is written focus on the LTS releases of Ubuntu and I cannot blame them for that. So here we go, let's see if we can get this to work.

Install .NET Core

Good thing here is there is nothing to report. Just run the installation steps for Ubuntu 18.04 here and you should have a working .NET Core installation. Let's test it out.

$ mdkir coreTest
$ cd coreTest
$ dotnet new console
$ dotnet run
Hello World!

Looks like it works to me, now to the other key pieces of a .NET Core dev environment on Linux.

Install VSCode

Again, another easy one, just download the .deb file from the website and run the installation. It works without any additional needed configuration.

Now time for the last piece.

Install PowerShell

And you thought I wasn't going to mention PowerShell in this post. This one is super easy as PowerShell is available in Ubuntu Software as a snap. Open Ubuntu Software and install PowerShell.

After it is installed, you can launch your terminal and run the following command:

$ pwsh
PowerShell 6.1.0
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Type 'help' to get help.

PS /home/phillipsj>

And here is what it looks like in action:

That's it

That's it for now, there are plenty of other tools we could install like Azure Data Studio, but I will leave that you as it isn't much different that installing VSCode. Azure Storage Explorer is a little different, however there is an upstream issue that is causing a segfault error to occur. Once that is fixed, I will make a post about it.

Thanks for reading,