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Re: Release plans

From: joakim
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 10:26:33 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

"Richard M. Stallman" <address@hidden> writes:

>     The Linux kernel doesn't refuse to boot when it recognizes a non GPL
>     module being loaded. It justs informs you its "tainted".
>     Emacs should of course just refuse to use functions in modules that are
>     not GPL compliant, not just inform the user that the moral integrity of
>     Emacs has been corrupted.
> I don't think this is a solution, because it would be easy to patch out
> the code that enforces that restriction.

Yes, indeed, but its also trivial to patch Emacs to run non-free
extensions today.

Is the real issue that the GPL doesnt inhibit soft linking of non-free
modules? I always assumed the GPL didnt allow for this. 

Joakim Verona

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