- by Martin Kaba
- on Wed Jun 17, 2009
Tomboy is a wiki-style desktop note-taking application originally developed for Linux and Unix operating systems, but is now fully supported on Windows and Mac OS X and is very famous amongst Ubuntu users.
This light-weight open source application aims at improving your productivity as it helps you organize pieces of information grabbed from here and there an placed here and there, with wiki-like links,
Case Sensitive search, out-of-the-way advanced editing features and more.
Tomboy notes is a pre-installed in Ubuntu since GNOME 2.16.
So far so good, but I must mention that Tomboy notes is written in C# and runs on cross platform, open source Mono – .NET development framework, a Novell production. For those who say NO to Novell and Microsoft and therefore to Mono (for patent issues) like Roy Schestowitz of Boycott Novell this is a big big issue.
– In the first place, Mono should not even be part of Gnome, they say.
Here is where Gnote practically steps in. Gnote is a port of Tomboy to C++. No Mono, No Novell.
To install Gnote on your Ubuntu and get constant updates, add to your apt sources.list entries
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnote/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnote/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
and authenticate with
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 5AAB5553
then sudo apt-get update
and install with sudo apt-get install gnote
Your newly installed Gnote alias C++ ported Tomboy lands on Applications -> Accessories -> Gnote
The screenshot above clearly show what plugins/add-ins to expect in Gnote. Gnote has a good number of in-built plugins like Bugzilla links, Export to HTML, Fixed Wclassth, Printing Support, Sticky Notes Importer and the Tomboy Importer ~ Import your notes from Tomboy but unfortunately it lacks Synchronization support, so you can’t sync your notes to Dropbox or UbuntuOne.
What Next: Will Gnote replace Tomboy notes as pre-installed in Ubuntu? Chi vivrà vedrà.