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Mono And RHEL

With all the whoo hah about why GNote sucks for Tomboy, mono is patent encumbered software by Microsoft, people eating FUD for breakfast, and other things, one argument I've failed to read is this:

GNote can bring Tomboy to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as Red Hat will not ship mono with its flagship product.

Whatever Red Hat's reasons are for not shipping mono with RHEL, GNote is a major win for the open source community. Different people and different operating systems have different needs, and providing yet another application to fill a need is what Free Software is all about. This gives Red Hat the opportunity, if it desires, to bring Tomboy to RHEL through GNote.

Lastly, let's not forget the Free Software Definition, which it seems GNote is taking advantage of:

  • Run the program, for any purpose
  • Study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs
  • Redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
  • Improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits

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