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Re: Adding packages to ELPA

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: Re: Adding packages to ELPA
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:31:12 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (darwin)

> * Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> [2014-09-19 09:26:04 +0300]:
>> From: Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>
>> Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:03:12 -0400
>> Cc: Rasmus <address@hidden>, address@hidden
>> I've been the main driving force behind the addition of packages to GNU
>> ELPA so far.  I hope other people can give me a hand.
> It might help if you could explain the rationale for that drive.  It
> is entirely mysterious in my eyes, which is more disturbing as it is
> clear to me that this is somehow very important to you.

The issue is control:

rms writes:
>>> 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.

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