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Re: Emacs packages, GitHub and software freedom

From: Akib Azmain Turja
Subject: Re: Emacs packages, GitHub and software freedom
Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2022 21:22:50 +0600

Yoni Rabkin <yoni@rabkins.net> writes:

> Kicking them out would be unkind. But asking that new projects going
> forward use a different backend seems reasonable. That ideally should be
> accompanied with a few recommendations.

And it would be a huge inconvenience for the users too.

> Emms has been always been hosted on Savannah (for many years now), and
> it works well for us. Emms is a mid-sized Emacs package with relatively
> light development work. Savannah has been a stable and reliable home
> over many years.

Savannah is obviously a good host, but it's not newbie friendly IMHO.
FSF has a plan for a new forge.  Let's wait and see what they give us.

> As an Emacs package, yes, we have been asked by many people over the
> years why we don't just use github, and I'm sure that Emms is indeed
> mirrored there and therefore has been, without any of the copyright
> holder's consent, been added to microsoft's mass code theft project.

Almost all Emacs related things are mirrored to GitHub by Emacsmirror.

Mirroring to GitHub is obviously a problem, but at least better than
hosting on GitHub, because that means that the project is itself
supporting "evil" GitHub.

Akib Azmain Turja

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