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Re: Hotfixing older Emacsen? Was: [ANNOUNCE] Emacs 25.3 released

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Hotfixing older Emacsen? Was: [ANNOUNCE] Emacs 25.3 released
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:03:05 -0400

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  > Crazy though: why don't we hot-patch existing Emacs installations?
  > Concretely, that would mean including that fix in a widely used ELPA or 
MELPA package. Then users would get the fix upon the next update.

This verges on a universal back door, aka "auto-upgrade"
which is a form of malware normally found in proprietary software.

We must not do that.  No matter what the disease, this "cure" is worse.

See https://gnu.org/malware/proprietary-back-doors.html .
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
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