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Re: [elpa] Excorporate: Exchange integration package

From: Achim Gratz
Subject: Re: [elpa] Excorporate: Exchange integration package
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:56:27 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier writes:
> We generally don't want packages that offer support for
> proprietary programs.  It's OK for packages to support proprietary
> programs "as a side-effect" of supporting something else, but packages
> that only support proprietary programs are usually undesirable since
> they end up promoting those proprietary programs, which is counter to
> the goals of Free Software.
> There can be exceptions (typically support for using Emacs on Windows
> and Mac OS X platforms), when we consider that such support will
> encourage people to rely on Free Software (e.g. Emacs) more than
> it will encourage them to rely on proprietary programs.
> In this case, I think this argument doesn't work, since you can already
> use Emacs to access an Exchange server via IMAP (tho that admittedly
> only covers some part of the functionality;and I don't know if other
> parts can be similarly accessed via other standard protocols or not).

In this case (speaking for me anyway), it would promote the use of Emacs
over Outlook.  The choice of mail server is not mine, but if an
alternative MUA supports all necessary functions and I don't bother
support with any problems, then I can use something else (at least at
the moment).

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