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[6]: 50MB?
by vivainio on Mon 15th Jun 2009 13:19 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: 50MB?"
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Microsoft has claimed patent rights on several pieces of software in the FLOSS world including the kernel itself. This isn't limited to Mono.

Perhaps it's just easier to "call bullshit" on the other claims of Microsoft, when they refer to technology not developed by them.

The argument you made is that it would be easy to just port Mono apps. While it is possible it's not something that can be done overnight. Tomboy is relatively simple compared to apps like MonoDevelop and F-Spot.

MonoDevelop is of course a redundant app for non-mono world.

Here's an interesting relevant link:

It mentions:

To help all of this, I have implemented a small library (in the same tree) called "sharp" aimed at helping port from Gtk#. In addition to boost, I also make an extensive use of Gtkmm and libxml++.

So, I figure the porting will only get easier in the future. We might not hear of "line-by-line" port success stories of gnote, but the porting effort in itself doesn't seem insurmountable.

In any case, even if we were dealing with a reimplementation instead of port, it's still easier because you can copy architecture (class structure) and algorithms directly.

What I'm saying is - it's not necessary to be terribly worried about Mono, as long as we have a good backup strategy.

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