05.03.09

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The Path to Mono-free GNOME-based Distributions is Foreseeable

Posted in GNOME, GNU/Linux, Mono at 1:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mono GNOME
Don’t let Novell tarnish GNOME

Summary: Replacements for widespread Mono applications just keep on coming

LINUX Magazine has just published this article about Launchy, which is a good replacement/substitute to the Mono-laden GNOME Do.

There are quite a few good launcher utilities out there that can make a great addition to your productivity arsenal. Gnome Do is probably the most popular launcher for Linux, but if you are looking for something less flashy and more streamlined, try Launchy. This unobtrusive tool can help you to quickly launch applications and open URLs, directories, and documents using keyboard shortcuts. In addition to that, Launchy sports a couple of plugins which add a few nifty tricks to the launcher.

What the only commenter in Linux Today says in reference to this article is that it’s “another step toward no Mono.”

I’ve been using Launchy for a year, great. Launchy completely replaced Gnome-Do, another step toward removing Mono dependency (with Tomboy replaced by Gnote)
Only F-Spot left to go.

Gnote is indeed another important element [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], which also seems to perform a lot better than Tomboy. Here is a more-or-less complete list of substitutes for Mono-laden applications.

In a new volume of GNOME Journal, the editor writes about GNOME 3.0 and while he recommended object-oriented languages, there is no mention of C# or Mono. That would spoil Miguel de Icaza’s plan.

“[...] we know that Microsoft is getting patents on some features of C#. So I think it’s dangerous to use C#, and it may be dangerous to use Mono.”

Richard Stallman

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4 Comments

  1. Ferk said,

    May 5, 2009 at 6:56 am

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    launchy is a Qt app (KDE toolkit).
    I wouldn’t consider that’s a GNOME app.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, same with Katapult /KRunner. Which is a GNOME substitute that can be recommended?

  2. tohellwithauthentication said,

    May 5, 2009 at 11:56 am

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    for gnome there’s Deskbar

    afaik it can do all the same nifty things and is mono free and uses gtk

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Thanks, I’ve just updated this list.

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