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Re: Emacs in the Cloud

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Emacs in the Cloud
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 18:17:55 -0400

    Before I go on, I think I basically understand Richard's (and others) strong
    anti-cloud stance:

Those words give an inaccurate impression of where I stand.

The term "cloud computing" is nebulous; people use it to refer to many
different ways of using the network, which raise different issues.  As
a result, it is effectively meaningless.  It is foolish to be "against
cloud computing" or "for cloud computing".  I decline to take any such
broad stand.  Instead I say that it is a mistake to use the term
"cloud computing".

See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html.

What I say is that to have control of your computing, you need to do
it with _your copy_ of a free program.  Thus, never do your computing
in someone else's server.  (Doing so is Software as a Service.)  See

Thus, running someone else's copy of Emacs through a thin client is
something we discourage.

I also share your concern about what servers do with the information
they get about us, and that is not limited to "sensitive data".
See http://www.zeit.de/digital/datenschutz/2011-03/data-protection-malte-spitz.
and http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/business/media/26privacy.html?_r=1

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
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