Please, don't be deceptive: There is no organisational relationship between GNOME and
Microsoft or GNOME and the Mono project (that said, the principal development entity behind
Mono, Novell, is a member of the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board, but this does not involve or
imply technical influence).
GNOME includes only the Mono bindings and Tomboy in its official release set. New Mono-based
modules and dependencies in existing modules are special-cased in the release team inclusion
policies. This very clearly demonstrates that the GNOME community has not bought into Mono at
a strategic level, and that at any point we could cease shipping any Mono related software in
our regular six-month releases without great concern.
If it became clear through desire or force that the GNOME community could no longer ship the
very small amount Mono related software included in our official releases, we could. Tomorrow.
But right now, it's not clear, no matter what the non-practitioning extremists might want you
to think (note that I'm not including Glyn in that set, but I am disappointed that the
ill-researched and nuance-free ideas of those extremists have spread to bastions of sanity
such as LWN).
Unlike the other poster, I don't believe the KDE/Nokia situation is useful or relevant to this