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Re: Variant spellings in GNU Emacs documentation

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: Re: Variant spellings in GNU Emacs documentation
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2004 09:07:47 -0500
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> * Barry Margolin <address@hidden> [2004-01-20 07:39:34 +0000]:
> 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.

Yep, and also their users.
Got a problem with that?

>> 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?

so?  to take it to extreme, what if death camp guards liked their jobs?

> 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.

I agree with you completely, every word!
All these "official renaming campaigns" sound like "green grapes".

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