Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 18:25 UTC
Debian and its clones Well, this is interesting. We already have a Mono item ruffling some feathers on OSNews today, but here we have the apparent news that Tomboy has become a default part of GNOME on Squeeze, the next release of Debian. Wait, what now? Update: I've updated the article with Fedora's position in all this. Read on! Update II: Josselin Mouette replies.
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RE: Mono a Mono Not Trivial
by redbeard on Sat 13th Jun 2009 17:45 UTC in reply to "Mono a Mono"
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Good lord, if people are not bitching, moaning, and fighting about Linux vs Microsoft vs OSX vs BSD vs etc, now there is Mono vs anti-Mono?

Don't like Mono? Don't install it. . .


All that is fine and I would agree, but that is NOTwhat this is about. The article is about mono being included by DEFAULT. Problem is that you can't just remove mono and the associated apps as this will cause problems when doing updates due to a meta package being missing.

It is pretty much a given that there is some question as to Mono and patents, at least in the US. MS seems to suggest that it has some "IP" associated with it as it entered into a patent sharing contract with Novel. MS won't clarify the issue. Based on that alone it seems foolish to include this software by default.

How hard it is to install this mono encumber software after the base desktop is installed? It isn't . . . so why would it be necessary to include it in the base. If it is so important put a big flag on the default desktop about how to install it, problem solved and I don't have to worry about mono.

It seems like an easy answer to me.

BTW I don't want mono installed by default, it just encourages the use of it for projects. IF MS comes out and puts it in writing that mono is not patent/IP encumbered I don't have a problem using it. Although, it does seem rather bloated as is the usual with anything associated with MS. 8^)

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