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

From: Bob Bobeck
Subject: Re: enable MELPA & Marmalade by defaul [was: mykie.el]
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:26:36 -0500

When you talk to them, don't forget to mention the BSD 2-Clause
License as an option: http://opensource.org/licenses/BSD-2-Clause

On 1/7/14, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
>     How many times did you pick a "random" package?  Once?
>     What proportion of Marmalade packages have no license?
> A program with no license notice is not free software.
> (See http://gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#NoLicense.)
> It is very bad practice for a repository to permits nonfree programs.
> Every repository should have a policy not to do that.
>     > It seems like a reasonable assumption that the overwhelming mass is
>     > licensed under the GPL, but I absolutely do think a user cannot tell
>     > whether an unlabelled package is free or not, at least I can't, not
>     > without consulting the author.
> If a source file doesn't have a license notice then it is nonfree.
> Maybe this policy results from a misunderstanding on the part
> of whoever runs Marmalade.  We should try explaining the facts
> about missing licenses and see if the maintainer of Marmalade
> will change the policy to stop allowing them.  Can someone put me
> in touch with the right people?
> --
> Dr Richard Stallman
> President, Free Software Foundation
> 51 Franklin St
> Boston MA 02110
> www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
> Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
>   Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call.

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