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Re: elisp's cl package. Don't understand the notice about eval-when-comp

From: B. T. Raven
Subject: Re: elisp's cl package. Don't understand the notice about eval-when-compile
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 23:40:41 -0600
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Xah Lee wrote:
Dear B T Raven,

non-free, is misleading term for proprietary software. People started
to refer to proprietary as non-free, because Richard Stallman abuses
the words “free” and “freedom”, and as a consequence, people started
to call other software that are not compatible with his ideal, as “non-

Despite the fact that the word “free” does not refer to price, but
proprietary software isn't necessarily restraining freedom. In fact,
the issue of whether source code is proprietary or non-public has
little to do with the concept of liberty. Richard Stallman's vision of
software is “free”, in the sense that coder community can freely look
at the source code and make use of it. That sense of “free” is a point
of view. As a contrast, proprietary software is also free, in the
sense that entrepreneurs and businesses can freely develop and sell
their software without worrying about some coder making copies with
minor or no changes put it out free of charge that robs their work.



I think we'll have to agree to disagree. It's clear though that GPL'd software is freer since you may copy it and sell it for whatever you can get for it as long as you package it with the source code. Proprietary vendors won't allow that. And both of you have to worry about what the competition will do. Notice that the *About GNU Emacs* buffer mentions "Copyright* not Copyleft. This ensures that free software, like proprietary, is protected by the same law of the land.


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