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Re: Web versions

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Web versions
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 12:16:17 -0400

       2.  Browsers do not offer POSIX API to JS/WebAssembly for very good 

The other issue is that it wouldn't really be an operating system, if
it runs in a web browser.  Which kinda is the whol point of the GNU
project. :-)

       3.  Web apps stored on "the cloud" are bad because they often do not 
   respect the user's freedoms, as even if the software is under Free 
   license terms, technical issues can make running a modified version 
   difficult or impossible.


       Porting to "the Web" is simply not practical or appropriate for most 
   GNU software.  This does not exclude the possibility of writing useful 
   Free software for "the Web" but the GNU project is focused on the GNU 
   operating system.

   The GNU operating system is not supposed to depend on external network 
   resources for routine operation.  I believe that "Who Does That Server 
   Really Serve?" better applies to these issues than "The JavaScript Trap" 
   does:  the former warns against relying on systems outside of the user's 
   control, even if those systems are also running Free software, while the 
   latter applies to a widespread means of "sneaking" non-free software 
   into otherwise-Free environments under the user's proverbial nose.

Very good point, I forgot about that article.

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