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Re: Emacs Mac port

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: Re: Emacs Mac port
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:09:44 +0200
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On 12/29/2015 08:00 PM, Clément Pit--Claudel wrote:

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.

I think we consider people using non-GNU Emacs less of a problem than people using non-free platforms (or, worse, moving to them). Forks of Emacs are still libre software, after all.

Since adding feature to GNU Emacs that give more advantage to non-free platforms might encourage the latter, this seems to make a stronger case in favor of adding support for all (?) of the features in question on GNU/Linux than doing anything else, like merging Emacs Mac Port.

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