Mono Applications

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Consider reading this old summary to learn why Mono is still bad or this newer primer with instructions on how to remove Mono.

Mononono is an advised solution to prevent Mono from cropping up in a system. If you are using Gentoo, just add the line dev-lang/mono to the file /etc/portage/package.mask and add "-mono" to your USE flags in /etc/make.conf.

For Arch Linux, add mono and libgdiplus to the IgnorePkg section of /etc/pacman.conf. You will get the following message when installing the group gnome-extra: "Do you want to skip the above package(s) for this upgrade?" Just say yes and anything depending on Mono won't be installed.

The following are vectors of Mono infection, according to Wikipedia, which attempt to replace legitimate applications and need to be removed:

Finding and Removing Mono-based Software

The following are programs that use the Mono application programming interface|API and C# instead of Java, Python or other open architectures.

Task Recommended application or solution Mono intrusion vector Criticism
Development Anjuta, KDevelop, Eclipse, Java, QtCreator, Parrot, PHP, etc. aped in mono by MonoDevelop
Multimedia Rhythmbox (GTK/GNOME), Amarok (Qt/KDE), Exaile (GTK/GNOME), XMMS2, etc. aped in mono by Muine
Multimedia Rhythmbox (GTK/GNOME), Amarok (Qt/KDE), Clementine, Totem (GTK/GNOME), Exaile (GTK/GNOME), Songbird (XUL), VLC, etc. aped in mono by Banshee

License: MIT/X11

It is the default player in Ubuntu, with a bad interface, it is sponsored by Novell and because this Banshee uses a very permissive licence -- not sufficient to protect multimedia contents and not good to protect the project against patents.

Torrent Transmission (GTK/GNOME), Deluge (GTK/GNOME), KTorrent (Qt/KDE), etc. aped in mono by Monsoon

API Domination

Monsoon is a bittorrent client which uses monotorrent library. Mono people can try to include Monsoon as part of a default GNOME installation. Mono promoter; OpenSUSE already includes monsoon and Banshee in its GNOME installations.

Bad Licence

Monsoon and monotorrent use the MIT/X11 licence. It's not good for GNU/Linux to promote licences with weak copyleft; instead use GNU GPLv3 or copyleft licenses. And MIT/X11 is not good for protecting projects against software patents.

Rendering (Panda3D) aped in mono by Unity
Note-taking Gnote (GTK/GNOME), zim, knotes (Qt/KDE), Basket, Getting Things GNOME, etc. aped in mono by Tomboy The sad thing is that Tomboy included by default in a lot of GNU/Linux distributions. Gtk-sharp has a lot of packages, while other bindings have nothing. This causes API Domination controlled mainly by an abusive monopolist, Microsoft.

Virtual worlds Cobalt aped in mono by libsecondlife
Passwords Password Gorilla, KeePassX aped in mono by KeePass 2
 ? iFolder 3
Photo management gThumb (GTK/GNOME), jBrout, digiKam (Qt/KDE), Solang,Gwenview, kornelix Fotoxx, Shotwell, etc. aped in mono by F-Spot
Launcher Avant Window Navigator , Launchy, Katapult (Qt/KDE), Deskbar, etc. aped in mono by GNOME Do, Docky
Video Avidemux, Kino, LiVES. aped in mono by Diva
Feeds/RSS Liferea (GTK/GNOME), Akregator (Qt/KDE), Thunderbird, RSSOwl, etc. aped in mono by Blam!
Search Strigi, Tracker, Recoll,Pinot, etc. aped in mono by Beagle
IM Pidgin, Kopete aped in mono by Galaxium
IRC Konversation, Quassel IRC (Qt/KDE), XChat (GTK/GNOME) aped in mono by Smuxi

Although it's free GNU software, it promotes C# development instead of Java.

Docks Cairo-Dock aped in mono by Docky
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