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Re: [ELPA] new package: tramp-docker

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [ELPA] new package: tramp-docker
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2022 13:02:33 -0400

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  >   Alas, the natural consequence is that
  > > building containers implies a risk of including nonfree software.  The
  > > more packages, the more risk.

  > > As long as that is the case, we should warn people off of distributing
  > > containers.

  > Container is not the issue – it is just a format for packing as tar is.

That is true, in a sense, but it is only one abstract part of the truth.
I stand by what I said.

  > GNU Guix produces container images including only free software and not
  > relying on Docker binary or infrastructure.

That is good -- as far as it goes.  But most people who build
containers to release a free program don't do it with GNU Guix.  And I
don't think most of them are free software activists.  When they
release free program this way, the risk is real.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
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