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Re: Release plans

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 07:43:03 +0900

Alan Mackenzie writes:
 > My opinion on allowing binary libraries into Emacs is that its dangers
 > would be greater than the benefits it would allow.  I'm willing to be
 > persuaded I'm mistaken.
 > You should address this, instead of evading it as you have done up to
 > now.

No, those of you who *assert without a shred of evidence* that there
are significant dangers should address that lack.  XEmacs, as well as
many GNU applications, allow loadable modules.  SXEmacs takes it a
step further: it provides a generic foreign function interface.  So if
there's a danger, you should be able to quote us the products we can
buy at Circuit City or download from www.DownWithFreedom.com.  The
amount of damage done by NVIDIA's drivers for the Linux kernel is
substantial -- but the damage to users is matched one-for-one by
damage to NVIDIA's reputation, and the damage to freedom is nil, as we
see people easily switching from NVIDIA products to ATI for the sake
of good/free drivers.

$250 for a new state-of-the-art video card?  That's not damage,
friends, that's *tuition*.

Where's the beef, for heaven's sake?

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