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Re: A GNU Distribution

From: Jason Self
Subject: Re: A GNU Distribution
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2012 10:43:21 -0700 (PDT)

Brandon Invergo says:
> In fact, I think in general for a system like this, preference should be
> given to programs which are easily scriptable. For example, nmh would be
> better than Evolution (well, if nmh supported Maildir and such). Instead
> of Metacity/Mutter for window management, something like Herbstluftwm (a
> tiling window manager configured and manipulated via Bash scripting;
> "BSD" license, but I'm not sure which version so it might not be free)
> would be better. Uzbl (a Webkit-based browser whose functionality is
> built from the ground up with config files and scripting) would be a
> better browser than a Firefox-based one. Parabola's BSD-style init
> scripts would be better than SystemV or Systemd init systems.

It seems to me that a GNU distribution should include and give preference to 
GNU software whenever possible. That would include Evolution for example, which 
is part of GNOME, which is part of GNU and also Icecat, which is another GNU 
package. That doesn't mean non-GNU things can't be available but it seems wrong 
for the GNU Operating System to not be using its own components by default.

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