Mononono is an advised solution to prevent Mono from cropping up in a system. If you are using Gentoo, just add the line
dev-lang/mono to the file
/etc/portage/package.mask and add "
-mono" to your USE flags in
For Arch Linux, add
libgdiplus to the
IgnorePkg section of
/etc/pacman.conf. You will get the following message when installing the group
gnome-extra: "Do you want to skip the above package(s) for this upgrade?" Just say yes and anything depending on Mono won't be installed.
The following are vectors of Mono infection, according to Wikipedia, which attempt to replace legitimate applications and need to be removed:
Finding and Removing Mono-based Software
The following are programs that use the Mono application programming interface|API and C# instead of Java, Python or other open architectures.
|Task||Recommended application or solution||Mono intrusion vector||Criticism|
|Development||Anjuta, KDevelop, Eclipse, Java, QtCreator, Parrot, PHP, etc.||aped in mono by MonoDevelop|
|Multimedia||Rhythmbox (GTK/GNOME), Amarok (Qt/KDE), Exaile (GTK/GNOME), XMMS2, etc.||aped in mono by Muine|
|Multimedia||Rhythmbox (GTK/GNOME), Amarok (Qt/KDE), Clementine, Totem (GTK/GNOME), Exaile (GTK/GNOME), Songbird (XUL), VLC, etc.|| aped in mono by Banshee
It is the default player in Ubuntu, with a bad interface, it is sponsored by Novell and because this Banshee uses a very permissive licence -- not sufficient to protect multimedia contents and not good to protect the project against patents.
|Torrent||Transmission (GTK/GNOME), Deluge (GTK/GNOME), KTorrent (Qt/KDE), etc.||aped in mono by Monsoon||
Monsoon is a bittorrent client which uses monotorrent library. Mono people can try to include Monsoon as part of a default GNOME installation. Mono promoter; OpenSUSE already includes monsoon and Banshee in its GNOME installations.
Monsoon and monotorrent use the MIT/X11 licence. It's not good for GNU/Linux to promote licences with weak copyleft; instead use GNU GPLv3 or copyleft licenses. And MIT/X11 is not good for protecting projects against software patents.
|Rendering||(Panda3D)||aped in mono by Unity|
|Note-taking||Gnote (GTK/GNOME), zim, knotes (Qt/KDE), Basket, Getting Things GNOME, etc.||aped in mono by Tomboy|| The sad thing is that Tomboy included by default in a lot of GNU/Linux distributions. Gtk-sharp has a lot of packages, while other bindings have nothing. This causes API Domination controlled mainly by an abusive monopolist, Microsoft.
|Virtual worlds||Cobalt||aped in mono by libsecondlife|
|Passwords||Password Gorilla.||aped in mono by KeePass 2|
|Photo management||gThumb (GTK/GNOME), jBrout, digiKam (Qt/KDE), Solang,Gwenview, kornelix Fotoxx, Shotwell, etc.||aped in mono by F-Spot|
|Launcher||Avant Window Navigator , Launchy, Katapult (Qt/KDE), Deskbar, etc.||aped in mono by GNOME Do, Docky|
|Video||Avidemux, Kino, LiVES.||aped in mono by Diva|
|Feeds/RSS||Liferea (GTK/GNOME), Akregator (Qt/KDE), Thunderbird, RSSOwl, etc.||aped in mono by Blam!|
|Search||Strigi, Tracker, Recoll,Pinot, etc.||aped in mono by Beagle|
|IM||Pidgin, Kopete||aped in mono by Galaxium|
|IRC||Konversation, Quassel IRC (Qt/KDE), XChat (GTK/GNOME)||aped in mono by Smuxi||
Although it's free GNU software, it promotes C# development instead of Java.
|Docks||Cairo-Dock||aped in mono by Docky|