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Mono for Android is Proprietary, Even Tomdroid Dodges It

Mono with teeth



Summary: Xamarin introduces "Enterprise products" (proprietary) that put Microsoft code inside Android and even Tomdroid does not depend on it

Earlier this year we were made aware of Tomdroid, which is a GPLv3-licensed complement (not derivative or fork) of the Mono-based Tomboy. Well, Xamarin is selling Mono for Android like it's a proprietary software product (which it is, as Microsoft MVP de Icaza calls it Open Core), so it's not hard to see why Tomdroid avoids it.



"It would be nice if there was a project of this kind that's based on Gnote."According to The H, "Tomdroid lead developer Olivier Bilodeau has released version 0.5.0 of his open source Tomboy client for note-taking. Tomdroid allows users running Google's Android mobile operating system to synchronise notes from the Tomboy desktop application to their devices for viewing; the client is currently read-only." Will it be Gnote-compatible? Or will it -- just like Ubuntu One -- be very silly? Google limits development possibilities on Android. It would be nice if there was a project of this kind that's based on Gnote. However Bilodeau says that "gnote has the right to exist and succeed but I also agree with sandy's arguments when he's saying its counter-productive." How about Ubuntu's replacement of GIMP in favour of Mono-based software that still receives a little attention (even though it has been dropped from Ubuntu's default)? Do users ever need Mono? It's not only very bloated but it's also a patent risk.

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