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Re: Grammar checking in Emacs

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Grammar checking in Emacs
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 22:51:36 -0500

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  > > I wonder if the increasing tendency to write software extensions as 
  > > servers instead of libraries is calculated not only to promote SaaSS and 
  > > dependency, but even to promote a way of interfacing software that allows 
  > > circumventing copyleft…

  > I'm pretty sure that's of no concern.
  > "Don't attribute to malice that which ...."

I too think it unlikely that this reflects a plan intended to harm the
free software movement.  I don't think they care that much about us.
But then, their motives are a side issue; what matters is the effect.
Whether it is a plan to harm us, a plan to increase their profits, a
plan to make users increasingly captive, or no plan at all, we need to
address the effect on our goals.

Whether intentionally or not, designing computational features to be
used over the network tends to deny users the possibility of control
over their computing. and to weaken our defenses.  It also tends to
create more opportunities for general surveillance.

What should we do about it?  We should push it away from us.  We
should, by policy, _not_ add features to Emacs that naturally work
with across-the-network computational features, and instead add new
Emacs features whose natural mode of operation works with code running
on the same computer as Emacs.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
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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