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DeadSuperHero
June 27th, 2009, 08:12 PM
Just finished my write up (http://www.fsdaily.com/EndUser/Free_Software_Take_Note_An_overview_of_Gnote_0_5_1 ) of an overview of Gnote, I thought current Tomboy users who are aware of the Mono issue would at least be interested in seeing what Gnote has to offer, complete with screenshots.


Gnote was started on April 2009 by Gnome developer Hubert Figuiere (http://www.figuiere.net/hub/blog/), known also for his work on Abiword. The goal of Gnote is to provide a Free Software implementation of Tomboy that doesn't rely on Mono. The ultimate goal is to replace Tomboy in an effort to make Gnome and GNU/Linux distributions non-dependant on Novell's implementation of Microsoft's .NET platform. For our testing purposes, I installed Gnote 0.5.1 on Ubuntu Jaunty through a personal PPA. I would love to see it packaged in Ubuntu officially in the near future.

directhex
June 27th, 2009, 08:50 PM
Does it work on a clean install? 0.5.0 had a buggered default note

DeadSuperHero
June 27th, 2009, 09:02 PM
You have to add the PPA for Jaunty, but it works like a charm.

https://launchpad.net/~gnote/+archive/ppa

pt123
June 27th, 2009, 09:49 PM
Is it possible to set the font used for fixed width in tomboy or gnote this is frustrating when you wish to do code snippets

gnomeuser
June 27th, 2009, 10:00 PM
Is it possible to set the font used for fixed width in tomboy or gnote this is frustrating when you wish to do code snippets

Tomboy has a plugin to do fixed width formatting would that suffice?

(right click the applet, select preferences then the plugins tab and it's under formatting).

DeadSuperHero
June 27th, 2009, 10:04 PM
Yeah, currently I don't see an add-in for formatting in Gnote just yet, but it supports basic formatting natively with font sizes, bold, italicized, bullet points, etc.

I'll suggest this to the developer for a future version.

days_of_ruin
June 27th, 2009, 10:44 PM
I see that you got it linked to on slashdot :D

pt123
June 29th, 2009, 10:33 AM
Tomboy has a plugin to do fixed width formatting would that suffice?

(right click the applet, select preferences then the plugins tab and it's under formatting).

I know about that it comes enabled by default. But there is no way to set the font used for fixed width. This sucks esp. on Windows using its ugly default fixed width font.

k2t0f12d
June 29th, 2009, 01:27 PM
You can select a fixed width default in Gnote prefs.

pt123
June 30th, 2009, 02:18 PM
You can select a fixed width default in Gnote prefs.

sweet more reasons to try it.

directhex
June 30th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Bug 534969 (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=534969) is coming to eat your notes. FYI. Be sure to keep a backup.

nlp
July 10th, 2009, 07:54 PM
Bug 534969 (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=534969) is coming to eat your notes. FYI. Be sure to keep a backup.
It's odd that you would link to a bugreport that was already closed-fixed before you even posted, but then I guess it's not the first time:

http://mono-nono.com/2009/07/06/counting-on-you/

FUD-much?

directhex
July 10th, 2009, 11:04 PM
It's odd that you would link to a bugreport that was already closed-fixed before you even posted, but then I guess it's not the first time:

http://mono-nono.com/2009/07/06/counting-on-you/

FUD-much?

Um, right, because this post ISN'T about version 0.5.1, which specifically causes the bug, right?

BuffaloX
July 10th, 2009, 11:33 PM
In a way Gnote being a total copy of Tomboy is sad.
Doesn't the Gnote developers have any ideas themselves?

I use Zim with a hotkey binding to take instant notes, and organizing them.
Zim is quite cool, but very different, you may want to try it out.

Warpnow
July 10th, 2009, 11:35 PM
I've never understood why note taking is better that way than notecase. I much prefer notecase. I just wish the pro version wasn't so expensive.

hanzomon4
July 11th, 2009, 12:17 AM
The Mono issue in a nutshell... AWWWW Microshaft!! #-o

Come on people!!!

nlp
July 11th, 2009, 01:28 AM
Um, right, because this post ISN'T about version 0.5.1, which specifically causes the bug, right?

Just who do you imagine would still be using version 0.5.1? The review author clearly stated that he installed gnote using the Ubuntu PPA (as would anyone who uses gnote on Ubuntu), and the bug you are claiming will "eat your notes" (though this was never true) was fixed in 0.5.2. Since the new version was distributed to Ubuntu's gnote users over a week ago, this is a non-problem.

Why are you posting dire (and highly exaggerated!) warnings about bugs in a software version no one is using any longer? How is this helpful?

You seem determined to try to discourage people from trying gnote, even if it means lying about the software and its capabilities. gnote certainly has some limitations both in its design and implementation, and will sometimes have bugs (as does Tomboy, or any software), but it would be more honest to point to actual problems, rather than past ones.

tgalati4
July 11th, 2009, 01:31 AM
I like zim, but I will give gnote a spin.

Tomboy was simply a mockup until the usability was sorted out. Now it can be coded correctly.

Not sure what all the fuss is about. Mono is good for mockups.

Any takers to recode banshee?

zekopeko
July 11th, 2009, 02:32 AM
I like zim, but I will give gnote a spin.

Tomboy was simply a mockup until the usability was sorted out. Now it can be coded correctly.

Not sure what all the fuss is about. Mono is good for mockups.

Any takers to recode banshee?

you are confusing it with python...

hanzomon4
July 11th, 2009, 09:38 AM
Just who do you imagine would still be using version 0.5.1? The review author clearly stated that he installed gnote using the Ubuntu PPA (as would anyone who uses gnote on Ubuntu), and the bug you are claiming will "eat your notes" (though this was never true) was fixed in 0.5.2. Since the new version was distributed to Ubuntu's gnote users over a week ago, this is a non-problem.

Why are you posting dire (and highly exaggerated!) warnings about bugs in a software version no one is using any longer? How is this helpful?

You seem determined to try to discourage people from trying gnote, even if it means lying about the software and its capabilities. gnote certainly has some limitations both in its design and implementation, and will sometimes have bugs (as does Tomboy, or any software), but it would be more honest to point to actual problems, rather than past ones.

Or non-existing problems \\:D/

Mono for the world... that could actually come across as gross

Viva
July 13th, 2009, 12:47 AM
Is there a gnome-panel applet for gnote?

DeadSuperHero
July 13th, 2009, 01:33 AM
Is there a gnome-panel applet for gnote?

Yeah. If you look at the screenshots in the review, you'll notice that Gnote is functionally the same to Tomboy.