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Re: some emacs-21.1.1 problems


From: William F. Hammond
Subject: Re: some emacs-21.1.1 problems
Date: 25 Nov 2001 11:03:04 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.1

address@hidden (Richard Stallman) writes:

>       Instead
>     of supporting those that do, people in here occasionally seem bent on
>     tirading against the operating system in general and not doing
>     anything.  That's not what free software is about.
> 
> Free software is about action: to replace proprietary software with
> free software, and thus spread freedom.

> Part of this action is developing software.  For instance, this
> overall goal is why I wrote GNU Emacs.  Part of this action is
> communicating the message--such as reminding people that using Emacs
> on Windows is only halfway to freedom, not the destination.

One of the applications of the general form of Gresham's law is that
employers sometimes mandate platform/OS and then prevent employees
from changing the OS because of "security concerns".  :-{

In that circumstance ntemacs, cygwin, and (fp|mik)tex are good things
because 40% free is better than 10% free.

An employee in that fog takes positive action by going as far as she
can.  She requires courage to do so because she will be ridiculed by
some others.  She deserves our encouragement and support.

My guess is that anyone who understands the value of being 40% free
also already understands that free is better.

>     While it is fine to enjoy freedom while locked into your house, I
>     prefer to have the company of Emacs available even while having to
>     roam other work environments.
> 
> Unlock your door and look around outside.  Things are not as monotone
> out there as you suppose.

Indeed, didn't I see a tv ad from a heavy-iron company about "linux
servers"?  (Didn't they mean to say "GNU/linux"?)

                                    -- Bill



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