From what I have seen, they look absolutely similar and their functionality are pretty much the same.

See the attached image:

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    gnote is a port of tomboy..so it is not meant to be different than tomboy. Its just that it lacks some feature that tomboy has and is mono free. – sagarchalise Nov 8 '11 at 10:26
  • Gnote doesn't have a notification-area icon, which could significantly affect UX: askubuntu.com/questions/452120/… – nobar Feb 25 '18 at 17:15

Gnote is a port of Tomboy to C++.

Pros: Faster, smaller memory footprint.
Cons: (Still) No synchronization support (e.g. Ubuntu one), which is a dealbreaker for most people.

You can read about the author's motives here.

It is the same note taking application, including most of the add-ins (more are to come). Synchronization support is being worked on.

Tomboy is not going to be installed by default in Ubuntu 12.04 - I suppose Gnote may take its place some day.

  • yes indeed this is the correct answer – coder Nov 8 '11 at 13:22

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