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Re: Release plans

From: Paul R
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 22:33:04 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.2 (gnu/linux)

On Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:54:18 -0400, "Richard M. Stallman" <address@hidden> said:

Thomas> In other words: the incentive to create the non-free
Thomas> XRefractory comes, in part, from the ban on a dynamic loader.

RMS> Your reasoning is confused, and the conclusion makes no sense. My
RMS> decision remains unchanged.

Thomas reasoning is :

1- There is NO ROOM for proprietary software when free software exists
   and meet all the users technical requirements. IOW, nowaday
   proprietary software only survives when it proves clear technical
   superiority over free software (or when it locks users with file
   formats, but that's not the point here)

2- Banning technical facilities like DLL from free software is likely
   to leave a clear advantage to proprietary software that use those
   facilities to provide the best technical solution.

Conclusion : banning DLL from emacs is likely to make it technicaly
inferior than alternatives, thus preventing users from using it, thus
reducing the global freedom of the community.


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