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Re: enable MELPA & Marmalade by defaul [was: mykie.el]

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: enable MELPA & Marmalade by defaul [was: mykie.el]
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:15:14 +0900

Richard Stallman writes:

 > Mentioning a repository constitutes recommending it.


 > This example is cogent, because the Netflix app

Newsflash!  RMS recommends Netflix![1]  ;-)

Please say "enabling access constitutes recommendation."

Allowing the user to specify a generic base URL in the package access
software is a very weak recommendation, since it "recommends" everything
on the web.  Adding a specific :choice element to the defcustom is a
clear recommendation IMO.  Enabling by default is a strong

Anyone who feels that strongly about the issue can create a file
"repo-registry" which adds the other repos to the defcustom and even
enables them by default, and interested users can download and use
that file.  Possibly even from MELPA or Marmalade.

[1]  N.B. The deliberate taking from context is to make the point
about the word "mention", but remember the politician's proverb, "Call
me anything you like, but spell my name correctly."  The context
doesn't really help to weaken any implicit recommendation, as when it
comes to decrying non-free software, RMS is likely to choose the
best-of-breed as the example.

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