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Re: [Reuben Thomas] browse-url.el Opera support

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [Reuben Thomas] browse-url.el Opera support
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 14:14:37 -0500

I am glad that our views are closer together than I had realized.

    The main means you've chosen to end the practice of distributing non-free
    software is to distribute free alternatives, so you're not going to be
    successful if your programs aren't popular.

No need to worry.  Emacs is popular enough.

    I do believe in proportionality, though: this particular
    case (a very small feature) should, in my view be decided pretty much
    purely on technical grounds.

I try to decide each issue based on its most important consequences,
whether those be technical or social.  We should never let the
intermediate goals block our view of the ultimate goal.

Thanks for working on simplifying browse-url.el.  I will try to
take a look at the new version soon.

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