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Re: official Emacs Docker image

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: official Emacs Docker image
Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:54:16 -0500

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  > Look this way: They could have rendered the whole html that you see in the
  > server side, and still there are tons of websites that do that. and in that
  > case you would have just the bare html and css in your hands,

That's the way they SHOULD do it.

                                                                  which doesn't
  > change the fact that you are using non-free software that generates that
  > html;

No you aren't.  That code isn't working for you.  It's working for the
owner of the web server, and that's who should have control over it.

  > but instead they chose to split the software: they hand it to your browser
  > a piece of the software in js so that you can have a more dynamic
  > experience.

That's exactly what's wrong: trying to run their code on my computer,
without giving me control over it.

I don't expect or ask to have control over the code that runs on their
web server.  That code is doing their computing(*), so I think they
ought to have control over it.  I don't have a copy of it in any form
-- neither source nor binary.

However, I insist on having control over the code that runs on my
computer.  It has to be free, and I should be able to install a
different version and change it.

  > I trust that
  > it is written in a way that stops client js code from doing harm to my
  > privacy and freedom.

If you're running it and you don't have control over it, that is
denying you freedom.

See https://gnu.org/philosophy/javascript-trap.html.

* That's nornally the case, but there are exceptions.  If that code is
doing my computing, then it is SaaSS, which is wrong.  See

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (internethalloffame.org)
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