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Re: gtranslate.el --- google translation

From: Andreas Röhler
Subject: Re: gtranslate.el --- google translation
Date: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 11:37:13 +0100
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Bastien wrote:
> Andreas Röhler <address@hidden> writes:
>> Software as a Service here is a misleading term IMHO
> Even if the software is not delivered, the user is dealing with "remote"
> software.

A running API is a very different thing then just software.

> This software can be free (under the GNU Affero license).

That wouldn't solve the problem.
Given you installed Googles translations API at your computer, what will it 
Probably nothing. Why?
Because you lack the databases.

> The question is whether the service itself can be free in the sense of
> "free software" without the software being free.  I don't think it can,
> because it prevents the user from knowing how the data he's sending is
> really handled.
> As far as I understand, the problem with gtranslate.el is that, even if
> it's free software, it encourages users to use non-free softwares (just
> the same than free software for Windows encourage users to use Windows.)

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