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Re: Please, no GitHub

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Please, no GitHub
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 02:09:31 -0500

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  > So instead of giving people a choice of not running these scripts, you 
  > rather have them use another site that possibly doesn't provide such 
  > functionality at all?

If the functionality is really important, the other sites will
probably provide it in some way.

But let's suppose some of the operations are not essential.  Then the
lack of them is a mere inconvenience.  By contrast, inviting people to
do them by running nonfree software is _wrong_, ethically bad.

The purpose of the GNU system is to give users freedom.  This goal is
ethical in nature, not technical.  Thus it is natural that we apply
our own ethical principles to the question of what software our
repositories require people to run.  Recommending nonfree software is
a problem of a deeper level than the lack of some convenience.
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (internethalloffame.org)
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