Mono Is Not A Threat: Linux Mint Founder Clement Lefebvre

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Muktware recently published a blog about Banshee becoming the default music player for Ubuntu. The blog touched upon various concerns raised by some FOSS campaigner and bodies like FSF. The blog received mixed comments which also reflect the diverse and rich opinion of the community towards the issue.

That made me think what is Linux Mint going to do which uses Ubuntu as its base. I wrote to Clement Lefebvre, the founder of Linux Mint, and he said that, “I don’t consider Mono a threat, so that argument doesn’t come in consideration when defining the default software selection.”

Linux Mint currently uses Rhythmbox as the default music player, what will happen when Natty comes with Banshee pre-installed?
Clement said, “Rhythmbox is our default player and we’re quite happy with it. If Ubuntu switches to Banshee, we’ll of course give it a close look and assess whether the migration is a good move for us too, but as it is now there isn’t any plan to change anything.”

Clement earlier told me that despite Ubuntu’s switch to Unity, “We are not planning to switch to Unity but to keep our desktop as similar as it is at the moment. So it’s hard to say how we’ll achieve this technically but we’re aiming at using Gnome without Gnome Shell :)”

I wonder how the team will maintain such a balance between packages if they continues to use Ubuntu as the base. What are the possibilities of Linux Mint switching to Debian?  Clement made it clear,”We’re not moving from Ubuntu to Debian, we’re using both bases. Some of our editions are based on Ubuntu, others on Debian.”

Which means if you don’t want Unity, if you don’t want Gnome Shell 3, Linux Mint it is :-)

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Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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