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Re: Emacs vista build failures

From: Richard M Stallman
Subject: Re: Emacs vista build failures
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 13:14:40 -0400

    I think you may be loosing sight of some things by still focusing just
    on gaining freedom.  A GNU system now exists that people can use
    reliably and productively.  Many of us prefer it over the proprietary
    alternatives, even if they were free.  Isn't that real freedom.  For
    many of us you have already won.

Not very many.  Less than 10% of computer users use GNU/Linux,
and nearly all of them run non-free software on or in it.
The people who have fully rejected nonfree software are few.

    The FSF seems to behave as if this wasn't true.  So much effort still
    seems to be put into porting prorietary garbage like .NET to GNU, and
    producing a Gnome windowing environment which has all the faults of

That's what we need in order to enable large numbers of users to escape
from freedom-denying proprietary software.

      Why not make GNOME work more
    like Emacs.  Whats the point of a C based GTK it you don't use it
    through a Lisp like layer?  Why is so much of my Gnome configuration
    buried in zillions of directories filled with ugly XML files.  Why can't
    I query it with simple REPL?

I agree with you there.  The sad thing is that GNOME was initially
based on Scheme, and it was possible to do these things.  They do not
listen to me much, so I save my efforts with them for the issues
that are essential to our campaign for freedom.

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