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Re: bug#22145: 25.0.50; tramp and auto-revert tests hang on OS X

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: bug#22145: 25.0.50; tramp and auto-revert tests hang on OS X
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2016 23:07:59 -0500

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  > One thing we should clarify: Mac OS X is Darwin + some proprietary 

  > Darwin is free/libre software, and all its source code is downloadable[1].
  > This is how the Nix project on Mac is able to be so self-contained.

This was true some 10 years ago.  Since then I heard that Apple had stopped
releasing updates for Darwin.  The person who told me this is the person
who maintained the GNU/Darwin distro.

I mention that to suggest we ascertain the current facts,, but that is
not a crucial question in practice because few people use Darwin.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the MacOS support does
include use of the MacOS graphical interface.

Even if another system is free, we don't want GNU Emacs to support it
better than it supports the GNU system.  The technical goal of GNU
Emacs is to be an advance in the GNU system.  Support for other
systems is a side issue, a tangent.  We should not let other systems
lead us away from the overall purpose of making GNU better.

  > So, let us not say that "MacOS tramples freedom" and should be eliminated.

That's how it is.  MacOS includes proprietary software, therefore it
tramples freedom.

In order for a collection of software to respect users' freedom, each
and every component in the collection must respect users' freedom.
If there is one nonfree program in the collection, it tramples freedom.

When we describe the injustice of MacOS, distinguishing between Darwin
(if Darwin is still real) and the rest of MacOS would be a distracting
complication.  We can acknowledge it when people ask about Darwin; but
when we're talking to the general public, there's no need to talk
about Darwin.

  > Rather, the proprietary bits that run on top of Darwin, and the license used
  > by Apple for these bits, are what should be eliminated.

Indeed, those programs are what make MacOS an injustice.

For most purposes, it doesn't matter which parts of MacOS are nonfree.
Subdividing MacOS into parts is interesting only to a few;
it is a side issue.

Dr Richard Stallman
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