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Re: Question of Aiding and Abetting Proprietary (or non-free) Software i

From: Yasuaki Kudo
Subject: Re: Question of Aiding and Abetting Proprietary (or non-free) Software in GNU projects
Date: Tue, 17 May 2022 09:59:58 +0900

If this is the case, a few more follow-up questions:

- Is this attitude widely shared among the participants of FSF or GNU projects?

- Are there GNU projects other than Guix, in which helping people with special 
needs for their proprietary systems, by purposefully discussing and sharing the 
knowhow, is shunned - perhaps with some of the participants even declaring to 
leave the project unless it is? 😅


> On May 17, 2022, at 03:27, lkcl <> wrote:
>    (apologies i am using a really quirky libre mail client, this might not
>   go as expected)
>>   On 22/05/16 06:10PM, Yasuaki Kudo wrote:
>> * Emacs runs on Windows. Instructions and reasons are stated clearly
>> (as you quoted)
>   a couple months back i helped Dr Stallman review the gnu maintenance
>   docs, and it answers this question.
>   * software that runs on both free and nonfree OSes is advised as
>   perfectly fine i.e. the fact that the software being developed is
>   "Libre" is the priority.
>   * software that ONLY runs on nonfree OSes or where the functionality is
>   damaged, DRM'd, relying on nonfree networked or paywalled logins or
>   proprietary services, or where that functionality is just plain
>   nonexistent on the free OS is NOT fine.
>   basically anything that encourages or entices people to *remain* on the
>   nonfree OS (because of missing or degraded functionality if the Libre
>   Software is run on a Free OS) is not in the least bit okay.
>   but if people choose (or have no choice but) to use a nonfree OS,
>   that's not your problem, at least they are using Libre Software.
>   a good example there would be VLC which i have installed on every
>   device in the house, some of which was bought against my advice and
>   without my consent or knowledge [with my money].
>   at least using VLC on those devices does not result in files being
>   deleted.
>   l.
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