Why is Tomboy permissible in the default Ubuntu Desktop?

Jo-Erlend Schinstad joerlend.schinstad at gmail.com
Sun Dec 27 15:13:41 GMT 2009

I've never used Tomboy much myself. To me, it seems like a cool
prototype, showing what's possible, but for my daily note management, I
use Evolution. And that's where my question pops up: an important part
of Ubuntus design philosophy, is that there should be only one
application per feature. As I understand it, that's the reason why we
don't have any special application for RSS-feeds, for instance, since
Firefox already supports feeds and is installed by default. What is the
reasoning behind making Tomboy an exception to this rule? I would think
that adding Liferea for feed management, would be less overlapping than
adding another note manager besides Evolution? I've always accepted not
having a good feed manager by default, because I feel that the concept
of not having overlapping features in different applications has more
positive sides than negative. But I really don't understand what makes
Tomboy so special that it warrants an exception to this rule. 

I'm not looking to fire up a discussion about Mono or anything like
that, though that dependency makes the exception even stranger to me. 


Jo-Erlend Schinstad

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