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Re: Emacs Mac port

From: Clément Pit--Claudel
Subject: Re: Emacs Mac port
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:00:16 +0100
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On 12/29/2015 07:51 AM, Richard Stallman wrote:
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>   > It was my understanding that it is fine to have features that a volunteer 
> is
>   > willing to do the work for, just not to promote features that would make a
>   > non-GNU platform more attractive (such as, by devoting any other 
> resources to
>   > their development, or giving them special status in any way).
> That is basically right.  More precisely, we don't want GNU Emacs to give
> people any practical reason to prefer some other system to GNU.

Yet this is precisely what we do, unwillingly: GNU Emacs lack of features on 
GNU Linux (compared to forks available on other systems) gives people practical 
reasons to use a non-GNU Emacs, on a non-free platform (that's where Emacs (but 
not GNU Emacs) works best).

Thus not accepting these MacOS-specific features in GNU Emacs only encourages 
people to prefer a non-GNU fork of Emacs; it doesn't do anything to prevent 
them from switching to a non-free platform. In conclusion, instead of using GNU 
Emacs on a non-free platform, people use a non-GNU Emacs on a non-free platform.

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