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Re: Grammar checking in Emacs

From: Peter Oliver
Subject: Re: Grammar checking in Emacs
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 22:14:24 +0000 (GMT)

On Tue, 16 Nov 2021, Richard Stallman wrote:

 > > AFAICT the most popular way to install it is as a "snap" package, which
 > > I consider to be a euphemism for a blob :-(

 > You can unzip prebuilt JARs from 
https://languagetool.org/download/LanguageTool-stable.zip, which seems simpler but 
similarly blobby.

In principle, those JARs could make it easier to see the full list of
contents and determine what nonfree files there are, if any.  But it
looks like you don't think so.  Would you please expand on why you
don't think so?

I was thinking only about our ability to modify the contents.

If a reputable GNU/Linux distribution includes a software package, then we can 
be sure that it’s known how to reproducibly build it from source.  If it 
becomes too hard for distributions to build from source, and people come to 
rely on developer-supplied pre-built artefacts instead (be they binaries, 
bytecode, container images, or whatever the next thing is), then I would be 
less confident.

My main point was to draw attention to the availability of the JARs.  The 
mention of blobbyness was only intended as a throwaway aside, to be honest.

Peter Oliver

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