|Subject:||Re: Release plans|
|Date:||Sat, 16 Aug 2008 19:37:24 -0700|
|User-agent:||Thunderbird 126.96.36.199 (X11/20060808)|
Alan Mackenzie wrote:|
You aren't considering the effect on everybody else.
That is the main thing that I *am* considering.
The ability to link binary libraries into Emacs means the ability to link non-free binaries in (think Linux modules here), possibly with _very_ useful functionality, whose inclusion could screw up Emacs's freedom in a significant way. Five years from now, lots of people could be "freely" chosing this "non-free" version. This would be damaging to the aims of the FSF.
It is defeatism if you think that Emacs maintainers can't easily hack their
way out of such a situation or even if you think that that's a likely outcome.
Now I'm not saying this is an overwhelming argument.
I'm saying it's completely underwhelming.
I'm saying that it must be weighed and balanced against the (substantial) benefits of binary libraries. Just as individual people's freedom to own guns must be weighed against the right of the community not to have its members shot.
Stephen said it a different way. I said it already. There is no
"must be weighed and balanced" here. Yes, that's what RMS would
have us believe -- that it is a judgment call and one that has to be
made centrally and who better to make it....
I argued that no judgment call is needed. By generic reasoning --
just general common sense principles -- that feature X enables
non-free hacks is neutral: never an argument against feature X.
That feature X enables many free software hacks is an argument
RMS has been exercising an authority for which there is no need
in deciding these "hard" cases.
My opinion on allowing binary libraries into Emacs is that its dangers would be greater than the benefits it would allow. I'm willing to be persuaded I'm mistaken.
How did you become persuaded of the supposed "dangers" in the
You should address this, instead of evading it as you have done up to now.
Stephen's reply answered that bit well.
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