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Red Hat Replaces Tomboy with Gnote, Removes Mono Dependency

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Summary: Fedora 12 will have Gnote, not Tomboy, thereby eliminating that monkey (mono) tail which falls off too

IT HAS finally happened. Red Hat had already removed Mono from the Live CD of Fedora 10 and recently it spoke about substituting Tomboy with Gnote. Red Hat, unlike Debian for example, minds the risk of patents. From talk comes fruition, so Gnote, which has already entered Fedora, will also be there by default in the near future.

I have now changed the default panel configuration in F12 to include gnote instead of tomboy, and changed comps to make gnote default and tomboy optional.

This won't replace tomboy in existing installations, but new installations will get gnote instead of tomboy.

This also means that gnote should show up on the live cd (where we excluded tomboy previously, due to no space for mono).

Some things are still needed for a 100% smooth experience: - pick up existing tomboy notes (less urgent now, since we do not replace tomboy...) - don't show the 'start here' note initially


This means that Fedora rids itself from the Mono dependant in its implementation of GNOME.

Gnote is installed by default in GNOME for this release replacing Tomboy. Gnote is a port of Tomboy from Mono to C++ and consumes less resources. Gnote is both an applet that can sit in your GNOME panel as well as a individual application you can run within other desktop environments. Fedora Desktop Live CD excluded Mono in the last releases due to lack of space. Gnote will be installed by default in the Live CD as well in this release. Tomboy is still available as a optional alternative. If you are upgrading from the previous release you will not be migrated to Gnote and will continue to have Tomboy. It is easy to migrate to Gnote however as it shares the file format. This migration is not automatic. You can copy the notes from Tomboy to Gnote using the following command in your home directory


The developer of Gnote, Hubert, has already moved to Fedora and there is prior coverage of this news right here (the information was shared in Twitter half a day ago).

Redhat/Fedora drops Mono



It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I am heartily encouraged by this small snippet of news I picked up via Twitter this afternoon (thanks Roy)


This is a major milestone in the ongoing eradication of Mono as a dependency in GNU/Linux distributions. To put it bluntly, Mono is trouble.

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