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New Push for Gnote in Ubuntu by Default

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Summary: Another step towards abolishment of Mono as by-default component

A NEW version of Gnote has just been released (thanks to Tony Manco for the headsup) and someone else -- without connection to this site (we only received a headsup in IRC after it had happened) -- has proposed that Ubuntu should swap Tomboy with Gnote, which is already in Ubuntu. Meanwhile, another user of Ubuntu argues that the vast majority of people do not need Mono.



I'm not a .net developer, I don't need this. The second statement I though was very presumptuous (to say the least). Mono is their "gift to the world" and positioned to be the leading choice for Linux application developers? I'm not a developer, and (laughing) I'm not a gift to planet earth (although I like to think I am at times), but I suspect these statements are somewhat boasting in nature? However, personal thought aside. Score 1 for the "Nos", I'm not a .net developer, nor a Linux developer, so I don't need this.


The force which pushes the hardest for more and more of Mono in Ubuntu is currently a Ubuntu MOTU and Debian packager. The argument here is not over the inclusion of Mono; it's its inclusion by default. What is this urge to spread Mono further and more widely? Mono helps Microsoft because there is factual evidence to show this [1, 2, 3]. As Oiaohm puts it, "Mono cannot run all .NET applications due to native .NET applications able to do native calls. So Mono has to run in Wine to support some applications. Nice way to create something you can demo as failing on Linux really."

"As many of you may know, we've actually kind of broadened the product portfolio of Visual Studio, targeting all the way from the low end with students and hobbyists, kind of competitive in that Linux space, making sure that every developer has a copy of .NET and is trained in writing .NET solutions. [...] I think it will really help us in our competition with open source."

--Eric Rudder, Senior Vice President, Microsoft

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