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Re: display word wrapping

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: display word wrapping
Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 15:41:06 -0400

    > Are these libraries free software?

    All of them are distributed at least as open source.

Unfortunately that does not answer the question of whether they are
free software.  The criteria for open source are not the same as those
for free software; a program can fit one category and not the other.

In the GNU Project, we advocate free software, not open source.  "Open
source" is the slogan of a movement that was formed specifically to
reject (and hush up) our philosophy, so we never use that term here
except to explain the difference between the two movements.  See

To know that a program meets the standards of the open source movement
does not give us any useful information, because we still have to
check whether it is free software before we can recommend it.

    I think they're the same libraries used on GNU/Linux and Unix builds of
    Emacs, BTW.

I think we have verified that all those libraries are free software.
Could someone positively verify that these libraries used on Windows
are indeed the same ones?

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