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What's heppening to Debian? Mono?

All apologies, I posted this earlier to the wrong list.

Won't someone please tell me why Debian is installing mono by default with the
installation of Gnome on Lenny?

Tue Mar 25, 12:13 # aptitude install gnome
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information      
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done  
Building tag database... Done    
The following packages are BROKEN:
The following packages have been kept back:
The following NEW packages will be installed:


  libmono-cairo1.0-cil{a} libmono-corlib1.0-cil{a} libmono-corlib2.0-cil{a} 
  libmono-data-tds1.0-cil{a} libmono-data-tds2.0-cil{a} 
  libmono-i18n1.0-cil{a} libmono-i18n2.0-cil{a} libmono-security1.0-cil{a} 
  libmono-security2.0-cil{a} libmono-sharpzip0.84-cil{a} 
  libmono-sharpzip2.84-cil{a} libmono-system-data1.0-cil{a} 
  libmono-system-data2.0-cil{a} libmono-system-web1.0-cil{a} 
  libmono-system-web2.0-cil{a} libmono-system1.0-cil{a} 
  libmono-system2.0-cil{a} libmono0{a} libmono1.0-cil{a} libmono2.0-cil{a}


  mono-common{a} mono-gac{a} mono-jit{a} mono-runtime{a}



The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 packages upgraded, 262 newly installed, 1 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 54.5MB/283MB of archives. After unpacking 780MB will be used.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  gamin: Conflicts: fam but 2.7.0-13.1 is to be installed.
Resolving dependencies...
The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

Keep the following packages at their current version:
fam [Not Installed]

Leave the following dependencies unresolved:
gnome-desktop-environment recommends fam
gnome-screensaver recommends rss-glx
nautilus recommends fam
Score is -541

Accept this solution? [Y/n/q/?] HELL NO!

And....WTF is this: $ aptitude search mono


p   libmono-microsoft-build2.0-cil  - Mono Microsoft.Build libraries            
p   libmono-microsoft7.0-cil        - Mono Microsoft libraries                  
p   libmono-microsoft8.0-cil        - Mono Microsoft libraries 

Doesn't anybody else think it's bad-medicine to be including potentially
dangerous code in the default installation?  I want to hear from devs that mono is
free from potential liability.  Do you know for sure?  I am sure that there are
others that are getting that queasy feeling in their stomachs about including mono
in the default install.

It has been pointed out to me that Gnome now "needs" Tomboy.  However, Tomboy has its
own dependencies -- mono.  Is Gnome still a good idea?  Why not Xfce4?

And for a note-keeping application what's wrong with Notecase?

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