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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 10:34:19 +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:
>>> FWIW the GNU project has a replacement for Matlab named Octave. 

>> Well there is a also GNU project called HURD.

> How is the Hurd relevant?  Isn't GNU/Linux also free software?

My point was you named a GNU project I named another one. The Linux
kernel is not GNU software.

>> But GNU Emacs runs on free and non free OS, so although that is
>> important point I don't think it is essential.

> AFAIU, the GNU project only provides Emacs on proprietary platforms to
> give users of those platforms a taste of free software, to encourage
> their to switch to a free platform.

I doubt that very much, on the contrary, having the possibility to run
GNU software on a OS makes it more attractive to stay or even to chose
that system. 

For example if I am forced to run MS Office, then I would chose MacOS
because I can, via fink, macports and homebrew, I can run GNU software,
while that is a lot harder in MS Windows.

> I don't see how providing editing capabilities for a proprietary
> system would make people switch to free software.

I don't share your promise, that is why I question also this argument.

>> 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.

> Does it work with GNU Octave?

Ok, I really have to check that one, my guess is now, but I have to sort
it out.

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