From the bug report they linked to as proof of the mono conflict in Debian the only real Comment I saw was along the lines of. 'Are we sure we want to include Tomboy in the default install ? It's dependencies including Mono are ~50 MB'
> > * tomboy: very nice app, but controversial since it brings the
> > full Mono stack, so we don’t make it part of
> > gnome-desktop-environment.
> I doubt that the size of its dep chain (~50 mb) makes it worthwhile to add it to our task.
Yeah, that’s what I feared. I hope someone rewrites it in Vala some day…
Most of the rest of the report was epiphany vs. Iceweasel, and Abiword vs. OOo. which was a much longer more intense discussion.
Then the second link to "why mono doesn't suck" http://www2.apebox.org/wordpress/rants/124/
is from a Debian mono developer.
Looks like OS News is just following the example of the big news companies and trying to make it sound like a huge conflict when in actuality theres nothing much going on.
The real conflict appears to be a couple developers of separate projects jockeying to get their app as the default note taking app.. I don't see any surprise there either. If I wrote an app I would want mine to be preferred over another. My app not having a ~50 MB dependency would certainly be worth mentioning.
Maybe their next headline will be "Windows is better than the inferior alternative of Linux". that should be worth some hits for a headline like that.