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Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el
Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 22:38:15 +0200

> Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2021 23:31:47 +0300
> From: Jean Louis <bugs@gnu.support>
> Cc: arthur.miller@live.com, rms@gnu.org, ams@gnu.org,
>   dgutov@yandex.ru, ulm@gentoo.org, emacs-tangents@gnu.org
> > Where do you see the "in order to increase its popularity" part?  That
> > would mean to say something about the non-free packages that would
> > represent them as beneficial or better than others or worthy of
> > installing and using.  I see none of that.
> I see that repology.org does not make any distinction and it cannot do
> that easily technically. So it does not make neither free software nor
> proprietary better or worse by any reasons. And that is the problem.

How is it a problem? where's the promotion, please?

> > GNU ELPA is not the issue here.  The issue here is total rejection of
> > software that dares to provide information about software packages
> > which might not be Free Software.  I explained why finding such
> > information is important to me in my role as a GNU maintainer.
> I am only talking about GNU ELPA and if repology.org should be in GNU
> ELPA as that way we would influence millions of people by giving them
> references to non-free software. It would speak badly of GNU project.
> But that you use the package yourself, that is freedom of choice.

But that's immoral, isn't it?  If some other maintainer asks me how to
do this job, I cannot tell him or her about repology.org, can I?  If I
do, Jean Louis will pounce on me and say that it's against GNU
policies, right?

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