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Re: Release plans

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 02:14:41 -0400

    If the free and non-free software worlds are regarded as
    opposing armies, the GNU army's choice is to either inflict a
    loss on both sides (no dynamic loader -- the defeatist strategy)
    or afford both sides a possible win (possible free and non-free

A win for non-free software is ipso facto a loss for our campaign to
eliminate non-free software.  When the non-free software in question
is an add-on for a free program, it tends to pervert the liberating
nature and message of that free program; that is another kind of loss
for us.  These are the potential kinds of harm that I am concerned to

Our community develops lots of free software, but which software it
develops is a matter of what many people are inspired to do.
We cannot count on the community to develop a free equivalent
of a nasty Emacs add-on in a short time, not if it is nontrivial.

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