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Re: I'd like to contribute to the pretest process for the next release

From: Brian W. Masinick
Subject: Re: I'd like to contribute to the pretest process for the next release
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 09:58:12 -0500

Dear Richard,

Thanks for sending me the specifics for getting involved in the pretesting
activities.  I would like to test GNU Emacs as much as possible, and on as
many platforms as possible.  I am already an active "evangelist" for matters
of concern for GNU software, though I have not been as vigilant or accurate
about my use of terminology as I could be.  I will respect your request and
make every attempt to correctly refer to systems running Linux kernels as
being GNU/Linux systems.  I already do that when referring to Debian
GNU/Linux systems, but I would be pleased to do that elsewhere.

Please mark me down as a pretester.  I'll get out there and obtain software
from the Alpha site and stay informed, so that I know when stuff needs to be
actively tested.  Meanwhile, I remain a faithful GNU Emacs user and a strong
supporter of GNU software in general!

I have a copy of the pretest notes that I've saved in a safe place.  Thanks
for letting me get more actively involved in this process!

Brian W. Masinick

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Stallman" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Cc: <address@hidden>
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 4:33 AM
Subject: Re: I'd like to contribute to the pretest process for the next

>     Now that GNU Emacs 21 has been released, I'd like to help with the
>     process with the ongoing development.
> I've included the information for people who would like to be
> pretesters, below.
>    The best platform for me to test would
>     be any Linux platform,
> Alas, you've fallen prey to a widespread error by speaking of a "Linux
> platform".  There really is no such thing--the system you're thinking
> of is a version of the GNU system, in which Linux is used as the
> kernel.
> People often call it "Linux", but every time they do that it hurts the
> GNU Project.  We need to get credit for our past work in order to have
> influence for the future.  Would you please call that platform
> "GNU/Linux"?  It is some effort to learn the new habit, but less
> effort than pretesting Emacs.  And it will be a great help.
> ======================================================================

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