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Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2021 10:43:13 +0200

> From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
> Cc: eliz@gnu.org, bugs@gnu.support, arthur.miller@live.com,
>       dgutov@yandex.ru, ulm@gentoo.org, emacs-tangents@gnu.org
> Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2021 01:37:13 -0500
>   >    You are saying those programs are breaking the law?
>   > The GNU project policy is to not legitimizes non-free software, what
>   > the law says is irrelevant here.  So I fail to see what law has to do
>   > with anything.
> I think there is a linguistic misunderstanding here.  "Legitimate" can
> mean "legitimate according to the law" or "legitimate according to
> standards of right and wrong".  I generally use it in the latter
> sense, and I think you do too.  Maybe Eli applied the first
> interpretation.

We have a rule not to use "illegal" for anything that isn't a
violation of the law, and we have that rule for a good reason.  Why
should we treat "legitimize" any differently? it has the same issue.

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