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Re: Privileges and practicalities [was: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Privileges and practicalities [was: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el]
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 01:09:58 -0500

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  > It is a miscommunication, albeit on GNU project side. Not all humans have
  > possibility to use non-free software in all aspects of their life :-).

Why argue the question?

  > I think GNU project should tell people to use exclusively free software
  > *whenever they can*,

It's possible you've been misinformed about what the GNU Project says
to the public about using software.  Have you looked at what we
actually say?  You can find it in https://gnu.org/philosophy/.

To start with, look at fsf.org/tedx,
and https://gnu.org/philosophy/saying-no-even-once.html.

  > This is a bit paradoxical again. For the first, there is a slight
  > problem with saying that people's work is unethical, but not people
  > themselves. I understand what you mean, but I am afraid that a wider
  > audience is not that understanding.

I think it is important to be able to condemn an act without
condemning the person who does it.  Nuances like that are important.
To simplify them away would result in being too harsh on the people.

Dr Richard Stallman
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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