shameful censoring of mono opposition

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at
Mon Jun 8 02:58:23 UTC 2009

On Sunday 07 June 2009 7:48:45 pm Mark Fink wrote:
> this is what the MONO developers want you to believe, but no one
> really wants MONO. users still using MONO only do so because they've
> been tricked by miquel & co who worship m$ and will do anything to
> help them destroy linux.

Hi :) Mono-based application user here.  Guess why I use Mono-based apps?  
It's not the reason you gave.  It's because there happen to exist some very 
good Mono-based applications.  In the case of Tomboy v. Gnote...well, my 
experience dealing with the developers of the two applications along with the 
existence of a LaTeX plugin for the Mono one keeps me using Tomboy.  F-Spot?  
Well, the only thing close is iPhoto, and last I tried iPhoto, F-Spot was more 

Now, I'm all for the effort to write better applications in other languages--
really, better applications in any language.  Diversity is good!  Competition 
is good!  Unfortunately, I don't really see anyone stepping up to the plate 
with a photo manager that can compete with F-Spot.  And Gnote doesn't really 
compete with Tomboy--emulation (that misses out on many of the features) isn't 
exactly innovation.  BasKet and Zim though, I've heard they're very good.  
BasKet is for KDE though, and Zim, while very featureful, is also harder to 
navigate and asks some rather daunting questions in its Preferences (for 
example, full path to preferred text editor)--a fine tool for hackers, but not 
something I'd tell my brother to use for taking notes in class.

Simply: what works well?  At the moment, there are a handful of Mono 
applications which are the "Best of Breed" in their respective categories.  If 
you've got some applications up your sleeve that can seriously compete with--
and beat!--any of the applications in the default Ubuntu install on technical 
grounds such as number and quality of useful features and the software's 
usability, I'd like to see them.

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo
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