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Re: clang vs free software

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: clang vs free software
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:06:36 -0500

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    The previous three paragraphs demonstrate succinctly why effort and 
    attention have shifted away from GCC and toward LLVM. The latter system 
    provides utility and none of the sanctimony.

If you deride our ethical goals as "sanctimony", you should not be
surprised when the GNU Project ignores your advice: it's based on
rejection of our goals.

Furthermore, insulting us is not going to win you anything.

We don't cater to people whose goals differ from ours, and certainly
not to people who badger us with demands.  You've stated your views,
now please hold your peace.

    Imagine applying your stance to web browsers: you might argue that a 
    free web browser would be pointless if it allows users to run non-free 
    JavaScript and subvert the GPL

Nonfree JavaScript code is a big threat to web users' freedom.  Many
sites are simply unusable for the free world.  See

I wish we had been able to start our campaign against nonfree
Javascript 5 years ago or more, before the web became so pervasively
polluted with it.  We are starting from very far behind, but it
has to be done.

The Javascript issue is different in its details from the GCC issue,
both technically and legally.  It is similar only in the most general
issue at stake.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
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