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Re: Futile bug reports?

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Futile bug reports?
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 10:19:38 -0600 (MDT)

  RMS> But since [Glickstein's proprietary Emacs book] is not free,
  RMS> please don't mention its existence to anyone.  The way to
  RMS> encourage free documentation is by showing that non-free
  RMS> documentation isn't good enough.

    How can you show something "isn't good enough" if you don't ever
    "mention its existence to anyone"?

Because it isn't the *same* something.  Those two quotations refer to
two different things.  Non-free documentation *in general* is not good
enough; what we want to avoid mentioning are *specific* non-free

If I were trying to show that a specific non-free manual was badly
written, unclear, etc., I would have to talk about that manual.  But
when I argue that non-free documentation is too restrictive for our
community, that is a matter of general principles.  There is no need
to name specific books.

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