Not only is Roy Schestowitz a little on the paranoid side,he apparently likes to troll, as well. In a recent article he claims that : The necessary harmonisation between GNOME metapackages and tasksel turned out to be in favour of removing tomboy from metapackages
Tomboy (and by proxy, Mono) were reduced to a recommends, meaning that tasksel wont install Tomboy, but aptitude (the recommended method to add software) WILL.
Mono is just too big a dependency to put on CD1 for one application.
If you install a Debian standard system, then aptitude install gnome, youll STILL get Tomboy.
There is no controversy. Quit stirring up stuff thats not there.