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Re: GnuTLS for W32

From: chad
Subject: Re: GnuTLS for W32
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 08:19:09 -0800

On Jan 5, 2012, at 6:50 AM, Juanma Barranquero wrote:

> 2012/1/5 Ted Zlatanov <address@hidden>:
>> You're right.  Do you agree with the general idea of checking for
>> critical updates on startup, though?
> FWIW, I don't. That is a step (tiny, I know) in the "software as a
> service" direction.

I'm a little surprised to see the suggestion that `checking for critical 
updates' is objectionable because it's too much like `software as a service' in 
your mind.  Out of curiosity, do you assemble the pieces of your operating 
system by hand and manually check for updates yourself? Do you think that most 
GNU/Linux distributions are too much like `software as a service' for the same 

> Does that mean that my Emacs is going to automatically try to
> establish a network connection without asking me? Or that I'm gonna be
> asked every time?

It would mean that the default Emacs would automatically try to establish a 
network connection without asking you, yes. If you believe that the default 
user is opposed to this, I'll suggest that you might not have noticed them all 
voting with their feet in favor of this at least a decade ago.  This isn't even 
the old `Windows Majority', even - I can't think of a computing system today 
that meets the criteria ``might run Emacs 24.2'' and ``does NOT somehow check 
the network for critical updates in the default installation''.


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