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Re: Release plans

From: Juanma Barranquero
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 01:16:10 +0200

On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 00:42, Richard M. Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:

> Our goal is not "helping users" (i.e., giving them whatever they
> happen to want).  Our goal is establishing freedom for computer users.

That's a strawman. I've not talked about "helping users". The ability
to run Emacs on Windows does not give me "whatever [I] happen to
want". It gives me the four freedoms (run, study, copy, improve) with
respect to Emacs; that I'm running it on Windows is irrelevant. What
you're defending is a very long-term freedom-for-all at the cost of
restricting short-term freedom for those of us who can not, or want
not, to do the switch at once.

> Leading people to escape from Windows is a positive result.
> Making use of Windows more convenient is not.

When I use Emacs on GNU/Linux, I enjoy the freedom of Emacs; I don't
think of it as "making GNU/Linux more convenient"; if anything, Emacs
is making my life more convenient by giving me freedom. And the same
goes for Emacs on Windows.

With respect to your poll: I have not rejected Windows yet, so I'm
certainly using proprietary software. But, OTOH, if I had not found
Emacs on Windows I wouldn't be contributing to Emacs right now. Does
that count as a positive or as a negative in your view?


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