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Re: redisplay system of emacs

From: grischka
Subject: Re: redisplay system of emacs
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2010 19:37:37 +0100
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Richard Stallman wrote:
    Then, it would be more reasonable to spend time and energy discussing
    why or how do we try to make it more ethical, instead of alienating
    people by confusing the terminology, which is both already in place,
    and correct.

To influence people we need to present arguments, and we do.  We also
need to choose our words to frame the issues in the right way, and we
do that too.

"Ecosystem" frames the issue according to an outlook that disagrees
with ours, so we don't use it.  The fact that other people use it is
no reason we should.  Perhaps they disagree with our basic outlook.
They have a right to their views, but it makes no sense for us to use
terms which promote their outlook.

You may have noticed that nowadays the term "ecosystem" covers
very well the "ideas of ethical responsibility" as enumerated at
It is true however that we need to carefully avoid cheap biological
and evolutionary analogies.

In any case, it is a total mystery to me how you wanted to stop
your fellow software people to extend their native thinking in
terms of systems onto non-technical areas, eventually.

If that is not your outlook, what is your outlook then?  How do
you suppose to promote freedom with software if not in terms of
its nature, that is defining systems?

--- grischka

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