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Why not include all ELPA packages in an Emacs release?


From: Jeremy Bryant
Subject: Why not include all ELPA packages in an Emacs release?
Date: Tue, 28 May 2024 09:48:18 +0100

Would there be a problem in including a snapshot of ELPA packages in an
Emacs release?

There are at least 2 scenarios where there are benefits to
having packages, in a functional albeit perhaps not the most recent version,
in a distribution of Emacs.


1.
"ELPA is Emacs" so new users could have access to the packages given
license requirements are the same.
Example - New LaTeX users can discover and try auctex straightaway.  If they 
want
to upgrade, they also can through ELPA.
(also e.g. related case of org-mode)

2.
Some sites don't allow downloading of packages (for policy or security
reasons), so all users have access only to whatever is included in their
Emacs distribution (and indeed their system distro).


Perhaps this is a naive view.  Thoughts welcome.




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