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Tomboy, Gnote, and the limits of forks

May 15, 2009, 09:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; if that is true, one would expect the Tomboy developers to be flattered indeed. But a web log entry about the Tomboy 0.14.1 release made it clear that "flattered" may not be the operative word in the Tomboy camp:

""Our stance on Gnote is that it is counterproductive to maintain identical software in two languages. It will be harmful to the community, especially as these two apps inevitably diverge. It will result in duplication of effort, duplication of bugs, and a lot of wasted time for those who are trying to add value to the user experience.

""Tomboy is not going away, and it will continue to be developed on the extremely productive Mono/GTK# language platform. Anyone thinking about distributing Gnote should consider the impact on users and their data. When we develop, we should always be asking ourselves, "is this adding value for our users?""

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