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Re: Variant spellings in GNU Emacs documentation


From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Variant spellings in GNU Emacs documentation
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2004 07:39:34 GMT
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:

>     Personally, I don't think it's very funny humour.  When one calls MS-DOS
>     "MS-DOG" or MS-Windows "windoze", one is holding in contempt not only the
>     sleazy marketing types at Microsoft, but also the programmers who wrote
>     these systems.
> 
> They are all working on non-free software.  And making lots of money
> for it.  I don't feel much compassion for them.

You have contempt for people because they have jobs doing what they like?

I don't really have much problem with people using these derogatory 
nicknames in Usenet postings and similar media; this is an informal 
environment, and it's common to throw opinions and biases around in 
conversation.  But putting them in published software documentation just 
makes us all seem unprofessional and juvenile, and hurts the whole free 
and open software movement.

-- 
Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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