Replace Tomboy with Gnote?

Hubert Figuiere hub at
Wed Jun 17 23:17:43 UTC 2009

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I feel obligated to give answers to the questions and affirmations that
have been made about Gnote in this thread.
I apologize for the breaking the threading.

Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> On Tuesday 16 June 2009 11:32:43 pm Danny Piccirillo wrote:
>> Reasons against seem to be: lacking some features. There didn't seem to be
>> much detail on any of the points on both sides though.
> OK, details on feature lacking:
> No plugin architecture

That's inaccurate. Addins were introduced in 0.2.0 released April 22nd.

> That means no syncing, 

Syncing is currently work in progress. The reason it is not in yet is
because I'd rather take more time to deliver something robust than rush
something put that will involve crashes and data loss.

> no way to get LaTeX input (my issue with it--not a 
> default plugin, but it's at least available), 

You can request it by filing a bug. Don't forget to provide a link to
the original plugin for reference, that will avoid confusion.

> no monospace text (I think), 

That was actually the first addins I ported. See above for the version
and when. And it is enabled by default.

> no....well there are about a dozen plugins included in Tomboy, and Gnote's got 
> none of their functionality.

As of today there are 8 addins, including one that is original to Gnote.
More are to come, including the one for the sync. That more than "none".

Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> On Wednesday 17 June 2009 3:56:49 am Max Bowsher wrote:
>> Somewhere in the sprawling Mono-rant thread, concerns were raised about
>> file format compatibility between Tomboy and Gnote. Add this item to the
>> list of things to be considered.
> It's been un-WONTFIX-ed and I think he put a patch in a couple days ago to fix 
> it.

It has NEVER been WONTFIX. If you check in bugzilla you'll notice that
it has never been marked with that resolution. The only mistake you can
conceed to is that I closed a bit too quickly after Sandy's quick fix of
Tomboy (that was crashing on bogus input, yes this can happen). But it
was based off an incorrect report that made me unable to reproduce. In
the end I reopened it to fix it when I came across another problem.
For the record:

Scott James Remnant wrote:
> One of my principal concerns would that Gnote is simply a code port of
> Tomboy from Mono to C++, with little development of its own.  This means
> that should the maintainer tire of converting C# to C++, the project
> could quite quickly die.

Like any other project it could die with lost of interest.
But I find it is very dishonnest to use that as a valid reason to
dismiss any package, even more since it is hosted on, where
the "bus factor" is limited to the knowledge of the developer rather
than access to the whole codebase and bug tracking.
It has happened to a lot of other project that the maintainer (person or
company) lost interest. Most of them recovered.
As for "little development of its own", it is ironic. Maybe you forgot
how Ubuntu started... That's how it works. That how powerful is Free

Now there is a mailing list to discuss about Gnote
There is also #gnote on if you want to talk to about it.
These are probably better ways than to speculate on the features or the
future of the application. When in doubt, ask.


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