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Re: Emacs Lisp's future

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Emacs Lisp's future
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:17:55 -0400

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For popular packages to be distributed outside of Emacs and ELPA
has some bad consequences:

* We can't change them when we change some part of Emacs that they use.
That makes it hard for us to change interfaces.

* We don't have copyright assignments in them, so we can't move the code
into Emacs.

* They may say things that work against the GNU Project in other ways,
such as by recommending nonfree programs, or by recommending rivals of
GNU packages.

I think therefore that we do more to move the popular packages into
ELPA or Emacs.

Meanwhile, code in Emacs or ELPA should not use external packages.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
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