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Re: official Emacs Docker image

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: official Emacs Docker image
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:59:25 -0500

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  > It's not Mike Gerwitz specifically, but the reality is
  > that there is a vast majority of free software advocates that uses
  > websites without concern for the Javascript licenses.

It is true that most of them do this.

That is why it is vital for the FSF to spread the message that this
is a bad thing to do.  In order to do that without being hypocritical,
we have to set an example of doing what we say is right.

  >  So the *FSF
  > principles* that are in reality not observed are blocking a vitally
  > important way for the *GNU Emacs project*

Distributing docker images is hardly a vital issue.
But this is not about whether to distribute docker images;
we can certainly do that one way or another.  This is just
about _how_ to distribute them.

Developing GNU Emacs is a part of the GNU Project.
Winning freedom, defeating proprietary injustice, is its purpose.
That's why I wrote GNU Emacs in the first place.

You don't seem to value this purpose very much, so you resent that it
is the basis for our decisions.  But that has to be the basis.

  > Look, principled opposition taken to an extreme is self-defeating.
  > Imagine if vegans refused to *visit* vegetarians' houses and breathe
  > their air because they are not pure enough.

Aside from the visible exaggeration, it's a bad analogy.  For a better
analogy, imagine that the habitants of those houses demanded that
every visitor eat some meat at the door in order to be allowed in.

Dr Richard Stallman
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