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Re: EMACS + JAVA Crash

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: EMACS + JAVA Crash
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2001 23:43:11 -0700 (MST)

    Im running  java 1.31_01 on my Windows 98 machine.

That makes two pieces of proprietary software.  That is a shame, on
ethical grounds; I suspect that you have paid a practical price for it

    Now, when I try to...
    the machine simply dies.

I think the commands that trigger the problem invoke the proprietary
Java software, so I suspect this was provoked by a bug in that
software, to which Windows reacted wildly.  (Windows has a tendency to
crash when user programs look at it the wrong way.)  Since both of
them are proprietary software, you're helpless.

I recommend you switch to GNU/Linux--it doesn't crash just because
some user program has a problem.  And if it does have a bug, users
have the freedom to try to fix it.

See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/why-free.html.

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