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Re: Release plans

From: Thomas Lord
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 22:34:45 -0700
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Richard M. Stallman wrote:
    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.

Refusing to support DLL does not give an advantage to non-free
software.  In particular, it does not give XRefractory an advantage
over CEDET.

It gives an equal technical disadvantage to both but an
economic favor to XRefractory.   That economic favor to
XRefractory is an example of why people invest in proprietary
software entrepreneurship.

The declaration of intent to refuse (aka "ban") helps give
XRefractory a business plan (because the same ban makes life harder
for less speculatively funded competitors like CEDET).


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