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Re: New Emacs maintainer

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Re: New Emacs maintainer
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:33:27 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (darwin)

>>>>> John Yates <address@hidden> writes:

> Thank you John for stepping up and for whatever comprises you may have had
> to make to reach agreement with Richard. I am sure that we will all benefit
> from your leadership.

Actually, there were no compromises made. I found Richard to be an absolute
delight to talk with. We discussed the architectural history of Pompeii,
admired his reading library, his tea collection... :)

I think many people misunderstand his devotion to freedom as being unreasoning
in his views -- as I had, not just a few month ago! On the contrary: I
proposed several Emacs-related ideas that I expected him to balk at, only to
find he happily considered everything, even suggesting further improvements.
At no point did I ever get the feeling that I was speaking to a closed mind.

I only wish I lived nearby so I could spend more time with him. He is truly an
amiable fellow. I have no worries about our ability to find a common path in
future, if issues that threaten his goals for software freedom arise.


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