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What are the advantages of using Shotwell? What are the disadvantages?

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The specification for this decision is here: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/desktop-maverick-shotwell

Here is a video clip where we discussed Shotwell (and other apps) at the Ubuntu Developer Summit: http://ubuntudevelopers.blip.tv/file/2876109/

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Essentially the choice was made upstream (by Gnome). But there are a lot of advantages:

  • No Mono
  • It's lightweight and crash free
  • Better integrated with the Gnome Desktop
  • It has support for the RAW format
  • Some basic editing capabilities

As stated on the comment above the elimination of Mono from the default install would be a huge bonus, less occupied space, and less conspiracy theories evolving Microsoft and .Net running about.

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Can you give some evidence that removing Mono was a strong motivating factor? That's a controversial reason, and you've listed it first and treated it at length. –  David Siegel Jul 29 '10 at 10:03
    
I don't think that was a strong motivating factor, in fact I think it had nothing to do. I said that would be a bonus, the free space on the install CD would be a real advantage. As for the religious conversations, they're just useless. –  paulo.albuquerque Jul 29 '10 at 11:20
    
Is tomboy staying? This runs on mono too, I'm lead to believe... –  Marty Jul 29 '10 at 18:32
    
Shotwell is just better. Better capabilities and a clear vision. It's going to be a great app very soon. –  Owais Lone Jul 31 '10 at 5:34
    
I don't think GNOME upstream had anything to do with that choice : both f-spot and shotwell are photo managers for GNOME, but they don't have any kind of special status in the GNOME project or platform. One significant difference is that f-spot is hosted on GNOME infrastructure (git, bugzilla, etc.) –  Bertrand Lorentz Aug 2 '10 at 9:34

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