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Re: Futile bug reports?

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Futile bug reports?
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 17:18:30 -0600 (MDT)

    Well, you mentioned Glickstein's proprietary Emacs book in your post.

You had already mentioned it, so it would have been futile for me to
avoid mentioning it now.

    But it's possible that a specific non-free manual might have
    advantages over the existing free manuals.  This could be for lots of
    reasons---e.g. the stretched resources of the FSF.  

That can certainly happen.  It can even happen that there is no
free manual for a certain topic.  The question is, what should we
urge people to do in that case?

If we tell people that it's ok to use a non-free manual in these
circumstances, in effect we give legitimacy and encouragement to
non-free manuals.  In the long run, that will mean more non-free

In the GNU Project, we urge people not to buy any non-free manuals.
That is the way to have more free manuals in the long run.  Please
don't mention non-free manuals on GNU mailing lists in the future.

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