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The next version of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution will jettison the current default Mono-dependent image management and photo editing application, F-Spot, in favour of Shotwell.

According to a post on an news site dedicated to news about the distribution, the decision was taken at the recent Ubuntu developers' summit.

The next version of Ubuntu, 10.10, named Maverick Meerkat is due to release in October this year. Shotwell runs on Linux and Windows, the latter with limited features.

Mono, an attempt by GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza, to develop an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET development environment, has been included in Ubuntu as a default for some time due to F-Spot and a note-taking application, Tomboy, being default apps.

In its recent release, 10.04, Ubuntu also has a game named gbrainy which is dependent on Mono.

The Fedora GNU/Linux distribution, which is a community effort supported by Red Hat, jettisoned Mono sometime back and now uses Gnote as its note-taking application.

GNU/Linux distributions which offer KDE as the default desktop environment have long had a top-class note-taking application in Basket.

Comment has been sought from Canonical on the reasons behind the decision to get rid of F-spot.



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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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