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Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:14:51 -0500

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  > > This is pertinent to the general topic of "providing information"
  > > but it is not pertinent to the specific topic, which is
  > > providing the information that there is a nonfree program
  > > called Foo which does X, Y and Z (which might be something
  > > you'd like to do, you being someone who doesn't hesitate
  > > to run a nonfree program.
  > Why do you think I don't hesitate to run a nonfree program? :-)

I don't.  I was using "you" to refer to a hypothetical person
who doesn't hesitate to run a nonfree program.

Maybe the smiley means you understand that.  I am not sure.

  > I am not arguing for use of non-free programs; I am arguing about
  > importance of having a consistent and sustainable philosophy useful as a 
  > set of guiding rules, insted of something that is left to subjective
  > interpretation.

Requiring a judgment call, requiring interpretation, is not inconsistent.

Many criteria that make sense for human judgment cannot be stated in a
rigorously objective way.  There are points where we _must_ appeal to
human judgment because we don't know a batter way.

What is the specific point?

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