Mono required by ubuntu-desktop

Corey Burger corey.burger at
Sun Jul 30 07:29:30 BST 2006

On 7/29/06, Adam Conrad <adconrad at> wrote:
> Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > On Sun, Jul 30, 2006 at 12:10:35AM -0400, Patrick McFarland wrote:
> >> Yuck, why do we need Tomboy then? I'm completely against letting Mono into
> >> Ubuntu.
> >
> > Without offering any rationale, I'm not sure what reaction you expect from
> > such a sentiment.
> While I couldn't care less about mono being in -desktop (and I suspect
> it would end up there eventually anyway), I also can't actually see the
> point in having tomboy in the default install.  It's not the sort of
> application any "typical desktop user" would need.
> No one I know outside of nerd circles even knows what a wiki is, let
> alone a WikiWord, or why they'd want to use such things to tie random
> notes together on their desktop.  Most "normal desktop users" who want
> notes on their desktop would probably be much better served by the GNOME
> Sticky Notes applet, which is far less nerdy and cool in nature, but
> also much simpler to grok (and happens to already be in the default
> install).
> The few people who really think this is an awesomely neat and cool idea
> probably also fall into the category of people who know what it is in
> the first place, and would go looking for it to install it manually.
> But, if mono's going to end up in -desktop anyway (and I'm sure,
> eventually something with broader appeal and more general use will end
> up pulling it in), tomboy's not exactly big on its own, so trying to
> argue against bloat in this case is probably pointless.
> ... Adam

I should note that upstream GNOME is having this very discussion, with
the very point that Adam just raised. Keeping notes on a desktop is
something users are increasingly doing (observe most business laptops
shipping with OneNote these days). Tomboy is a powerful and easy to
use note taker.

As for mono itself, I see no reason not to. There are an increasing
number of good applications, including F-spot, which is also in the
plans to include.


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