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Re: some emacs-21.1.1 problems

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: some emacs-21.1.1 problems
Date: 24 Nov 2001 09:20:25 +0100

>>>>> "Richard" == Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

 Richard>     Emacs is a haven unto those forced into Windows.

 Richard> Nobody is actually "forced" to use Windows--anyone can
 Richard> arrange to stop if he wants to.  People who say they are
 Richard> "forced" into Windows are exaggerating: switching would
 Richard> require a certain inconvenience, effort or sacrifice, which
 Richard> they don't want to make; but they don't like to recognize
 Richard> that they have *chosen* non-freedom, so they tell others
 Richard> (and maybe themselves as well) that they have no choice.

Losing one's job in times where one is not likely to find another one
just to please free software authors is a bit much to ask.

 Richard> As one who believes freedom is worth fighting for, even
 Richard> worth certain sacrifices, I try to convince them to make the
 Richard> effort and dump Windows.  Therefore, when someone says "dump
 Richard> Cygwin" (which is free software), I have to point out that
 Richard> Windows is the real problem.

You are not going to convince anybody if the free software they get to
see on their accustomed platforms is malfunctioning when the software
they are used to isn't.

Putting the blame wherever you want and where it may be deserved may
seem convenient, but it does not replace fixing the problems.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
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