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Re: A GNU “social contract”?

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Re: A GNU “social contract”?
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 13:39:46 -0800
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He’s correct, I do not share the GNU philosophy, even if I enjoy supporting the technical aspects of the software they produce.


On Tue, Nov 5, 2019, at 1:22 PM, Dmitry Alexandrov wrote:
Andreas Enge <> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 05, 2019 at 11:49:03PM +0300, Dmitry Alexandrov wrote:
>> Andreas Enge <> wrote:
>> > For instance, I would not find it acceptable that a GNU maintainer goes to [a conference] to give a talk about their newest open source software on a Macbook
>> Why not?  In any case, GNU Emacs maintainer John Wiegley <> did exactly that [0].
>> [0] $ mpv
> I do not think so - the talk topic is about Nix, a GNU/Linux distribution.

Yes, and Haskell.  I missed your point, though.  Are they not open source?

> So if he used a Macbook (I cannot see this in the video)

So listen it.  (Itʼs not a bad talk, by the way. ;-)  He says it somewhere during the first minutes.

> it is most likely one of the older models that are famous for being compatible with Libreboot.  Then of course it is not a machine with proprietary software, but one with a GNU system - entirely "eat your own dog food" style!

‘Libreboot’, lol!  Of course, it is not.  He is a macOS user.


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