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Re: What's an even easier explanation how to setup gnus ...

From: Thorsten Jolitz
Subject: Re: What's an even easier explanation how to setup gnus ...
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:44:57 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130002 (Ma Gnus v0.2) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Glen Stark <address@hidden> writes:

> On Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:41:51 +0200, Thorsten Jolitz wrote:
>>>> ,------------------------------------------------------------------- |
>>>> Buy some Apple product, e.g. an iPad, and never ever touch Emacs nor
>>>> Gnus.
>>>> `-------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> Please do not promote proprietary software on gnu.* newsgroups.
>> I did not mean to promote proprietary software, I just reported some
>> empirical evidence from real life: I witnessed first hand how this
>> famous fancy proprietary hardware/software product was adapted by a
>> group of 70+ year old people that never had anything to do with
>> computers, and how it spread joy and excitement among them, how they
>> told all their friends and family members who all bought it too, and how
>> quick this flat fancy tablet made them part of the modern world of
>> communication and information. Thats REAL usability, proprietary or not.
> I feel compelled to point out that your original post did not report any 
> evidence for anything, it gave facetious advice.   
> Your advice was to recommend the use of non-free software to people over 
> free-software.  This is the very definition of promoting proprietary 
> software.  While you are free to do this, it's pretty rude to do so on a 
> gnu.* newsgroup, as Stefan pointed out.  
> In your justification for your post you related an anecdote, which might 
> qualify as anecdotal evidence, but certainly doesn't qualify as empirical 
> evidence.  None of which is at all relevant to either the question posed 
> in the original post, nor to the purpose of the gnu.* newsgroups which is 
> (indirectly) to make the modern world a little more free, not bring more 
> people into an unfree world.

Please don't feel compelled, I don't think that thread was meant so
seriously (including my post). But if you want to expose your
grandparents to the world of computers for the very first time, and you
love them more than you love RMS, maybe you should consider my anecdotal
evidence ...


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