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From: S11001001
Subject: [DotGNU]PHILOSOPHY s/file/chapter/ (was Re: [Website]Preparing for dotgnu meet-a-thon)
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 19:55:14 -0500
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Peter Minten wrote:
* discussing the Philosophy file (if it's ready for inclusion in the

Let me say something about PHILOSOPHY: I think it would be much more useful if included in the manuals. For example, I have set aside a section in my working SEE install/config/use manual for the Philosophy file. See <>; must be built with Texinfo 4.1 or later, tarball includes a pre-generated HTML file.

More people look at their manuals then their source trees. Also, one of the most effective GNU Philosophy adverts IMHO is the inclusion of the GNU Manifesto as a startup key in Emacs. I also enjoy FS slip-ins such as the one in _Texinfo_: "Also, if you are writing a manual about software, you should explain that the software is free..." See the attached SEE manual sampling for some more of this. One of the first things I did when I first started Emacs was read the manifesto.

Think about it: we put together great manuals, DG takes off, the manuals are sold in stores with an invariant Philosophy in each one. That's much better reach than a source-tree file, and makes for more interesting manuals than plain technical pieces.

Anyway, I'll send you a diff with syntax fixes *only*, and if/when you include those, I'd be happy to reformat it in Texinfo.

Stephen Compall
DotGNU `Contributor' --

My views about copyright take an hour to expound, but one general
principle applies: it cannot justify denying the public important
freedoms. As Abraham Lincoln put it, "Whenever there is a conflict
between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail."
Property rights are meant to advance human well-being, not as an
excuse to disregard it.
        -- RMS, "The GNU GPL and the American Way"

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