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Re: could matlab-mode be in ELPA or the GNU emacs tree (like auctex and

From: Uwe Brauer
Subject: Re: could matlab-mode be in ELPA or the GNU emacs tree (like auctex and org-mode)?
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2021 09:25:02 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/29.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>>> "PL" == Po Lu <luangruo@yahoo.com> writes:

> Uwe Brauer <oub@mat.ucm.es> writes:
>>> I know that matlab is a commercial product and its license is not
>>> compatible with the GPL, but the same could be said about MS Windows OS
>>> and MacOS and yet GNU Emacs support these OSs.
>>> It would benefit the users of matlab who wish to use GNU Emacs for coding.
>>> Indeed, it's not completely black or white.  You may want to ask RMS
>>> whether this gray is rather dark or light.

>> So, it is up to RMS?

>> RMS if you read this: would you allow to have a part of matlab-mode
>> that interacts with matlab via the so called matlab shell, to be part
>> of ELPA or GNU emacs?

> FWIW the GNU project has a replacement for Matlab named Octave. 

Well there is a also GNU project called HURD, but GNU Emacs runs on free
and non free OS, so although that is important point I don't think it is

> Does this editing mode also work with Octave code? Does it provide any
> features that work with Matlab, but not Octave?

> I think these are the important questions here.

As I said, most likely the editing features might be merged, the matlab
specific code concerns the interaction with matlab through a function
called matlab-shell. That part is much harder to merge, but again GNU
emacs runs on non free OSs.

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