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Re: Web versions

From: Jacob Bachmeyer
Subject: Re: Web versions
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2021 20:39:20 -0500
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Jean Louis wrote:

Question is rather if software is free or if one need proprietary programs
to run it in WebAssembly.

If there is nothing proprietary, we shall encourage creation of software
as WebAssembly is there because some people find it useful, we encourage
creation of free software.

The original message that prompted this discussion was a request to port all existing GNU packages to a WebAssembly target.

As I understand, such ports would not be possible for many GNU utilities because they rely on facilities that are not available in browsers for good reason. Making those APIs available in browsers would be a bad idea because it would effectively eliminate the browser sandbox, allowing common Web malware free reign on most user's systems.

-- Jacob

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