05.01.09

Gnote is a Lot Faster and a Lot Lighter Than Tomboy

Posted in GNOME, GNU/Linux, Mono, Novell at 12:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Can’t take the piss out of benchmarks

Summary: Gnote offers performance advantages over Tomboy, which is based on Novell’s Mono

THE legal issues around Mono put aside, Tony Manco has just compared Tomboy and Gnote [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], noting that the former takes 2.324 seconds to start on his system, which is very slow in comparison with just 0.280 seconds for Gnote.

As the screenshot below shows, Tomboy also consumes roughly three times what Gnote requires in terms of memory. This must be the legendary “Mono bloat” people frequently complain about. Perhaps it’s not just disc space and wasted space on the CD-ROM which counts as an issue associated with bloat.

Gnote vs Tomboy

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7 Comments

  1. Darren said,

    May 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm

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    I’ve just installed GNote and am impressed. Tomboy has just bit the dust.

    HarryTuttle Reply:

    Well, maybe the name was chosen with foresight:
    tomb*oy…

  2. Robert Millan said,

    May 1, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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    Roy, you missed a link to the original article:

    http://trmanco.com/2009/05/01/gnote-vs-tomboy-and-complete-mono-removal.trm

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It was posted a few hours after mine.

  3. DOUGman said,

    May 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm

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    Now we need someone to do Gnome-RDP, which is based on mono.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Some people warn that GNOME-Do needs a replacement/port.

  4. oiaohm said,

    May 2, 2009 at 12:07 am

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    This is the bloat I have been talking about.

    Higher disk space usage can reduce memory usage. So yes less disk space usage can equal more ram usage leading to systems needing way more ram without good need.

    10 megs more memory that is basically not forgivable. Thinking mono is being beat by a program built with Gcc that cannot optimize its way out of a paper bag due to its design.

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