mono, you -do?
Well, I thought some blogging would be good to end the day. So here we go…
I have seen the other side of the moon (not its light though): After disliking the idea of the mono-project in general for a couple of years (before that I just didn’t care…) I decided to do a little experiment:
- Erase all mono apps in one machine
- Use all mono apps you can find in another machine
- See how it goes
After three weeks my, totally subjective, results are:
- I just miss f-spot too much
- Tomboy is, in my opinion, just overrated as a cool app (never actually got the whole “notes” thing)
- Banshee is a cool free software project, but so is Rhythmbox (sorry, but I did never fall in love with Amarok and Exaile has not evolved as much as I would have liked). I like the same app everywhere, even in Maemo, so no go for Banshee here
- Tracker is OK, and Beagle takes too much memory for my liking and it is really not that much better than Tracker anyway
- Giver is a simple and really cool app! Although the zeroconf stuff can be handled with pidgin/empathy with a Bonjour/Salut account
- My mom’s G3 iBook got Intrepid a few days ago and that opened a door for me. As a lover of old/odd hardware (not everybody agrees) and a stubborn GNU/Linux-is-a-desktop-OS-since-98 user I have to say that PPC has got better support over the years and I am really amazed at how well the community mantains the powepc port of Ubuntu. Thank you all very much for that! Flash (thanks to Gnash!) and Java (OpenJDK didn’t cut it, but IBM did) is a big enough mess to add a third factor to the mix. And, anyway, Silverlight is just not my thing… If a site requires that do this: go find that info, stream or whatever it is that site has somewhere else on the web!
- I really wish iFolder/Simias resurrected as a project. We don’t need DropBox or anything like that: iFolder is free software and solves the document sharing problem in all platforms that matter! IF we could only get that ball rolling…
- And, my eye-opener: I can’t believe humanity has survived this far without gnome-do‘s docky. It really IS the future today! No kidding! Now if we could only make a build for powerpc so my mom can get her dock back… 😉
Don’t hate mono before you realize its potential: Miguel has some crazy ideas. Some are good and some are not. Mono is one of those ideas that is neither good or bad by itself. We shouldn’t miss to explore the opportunities this project might have to offer to the free software world based on preconceptions (the news, X deal, X sponsor, X individual, X standard, Xcetera…)
So here we go:
mono, mono, mono.