As the maintainer of Gnote in Fedora, I sometimes watch with amusement the discussions surrounding the project. Gnote was maintained by Hub for a while very actively and became the default replacing Tomboy in Fedora 12.
Unfortunately Hub lost his interest in the project around that time. I read with the surprise the trolling from a Debian developer although the point about not relying on unmaintained projects was valid and I began talking to couple of folks with expertise in C++ ( Gnote is a port of Tomboy to C++) and Debarishi from Fedora became the developer of Gnote and has been doing good work there with many new features, bug fixes and constant stream of new releases. LWN has a a recent article on this.
While a lot of people like to see projects like this as some sort of anti-mono crusade, Hub was not motivated by that goal. While I am no fan of Mono, my goal in getting Gnote into Fedora and becoming a maintainer was to provide a good option for the Fedora Live CD which had dropped Mono earlier due to lack of space. Gnote starting up much faster and using less memory was a plus as well. For Debarishi, the goal is to improve his expertise on C++ and project maintenance. Bottom line: Gnote is again maintained actively as a upstream project and benefitting users in Fedora. Free software projects don’t truely fail unless noone is interested enough to continue development and Gnote has enough interest in it now to keep the flame burning. It is not going away.