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01 July 2009, 11:47

Debian - Mono is not in our default installation

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Debian Logo In response to the open letter written by free software guru Richard Stallman about the Mono problem, Alexander Schmehl, Debian developer and spokesperson for the GNU/Linux distribution has pointed out that Debian has no plans to include the controversial programming environment in the default GNOME installation. Stallman, who opened his letter with "Debian's decision to include Mono in the default installation, for the sake of Tomboy", had suggested that Debian were including the Mono libraries for anyone using Debian with GNOME.

Schmehl points out that this is not the case and that the default installation hasn't changed. Debian has three meta-packages for GNOME users: gnome-desktop, gnome-core and gnome. Gnome-desktop contains a basic GNOME desktop, gnome-core contains the bare minimum needed to run GNOME applications while the gnome meta-package contains everything related to GNOME. Gnome-desktop does not contain Tomboy or Mono while the gnome meta-package, for everything GNOME, has had a dependency on Tomboy and Mono added. According to Schmehl, this "everything GNOME" meta-package is not the most popular GNOME package, with Debian users preferring gnome-desktop and gnome-core.

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