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Re: Consequences of moving Emacs Manuals to non-free



   From: Michael Olson <mwolson@gnu.org>

   >> If you disagree with my above reasoning that emacs21 should depend
   >> on the "non-free" bits, this calls for a modification of help.el
   >> and startup.el, i.e. the functions `describe-project' and
   >> `startup-echo-area-message'.  Otherwise, people might be in for a
   >> nasty surprise when they type C-h C-p.  Oh, and several commands
   >> that look up documentation in the manual will not work at all.
   >
   > Does C-h C-p points to the documentation (info documentation) or to
   > the DOC file ?  I guess some patches will have to be added to handle
   > such cases, yes.
   >
   > I'm sorry you don't like this. I'm not really fond of it either, but
   > I have the choice of either do what the Project decided or resign
   > from the Project. I've chosen the former.

   I've chosen the latter.  That is, replacing Debian on my own machine,
   and no longer advocating the installation of Debian.  I'll continue to
   maintain Debian packages for my Emacs-based software for at least a
   month or two, depending on whether I choose Ubuntu, which uses Debian
   packages.

This is the official position of the GNU people as we can see on the GNU/Linux
distribution recommendation page.

I am clearly thinking myself switching entirely to GNU (using the GNU
packaging system) but I am still hesitating since I am pretty used to Debian.

I, for instance, have stopped advocating for Debian and I am advocating for
the UTUTO project right now (and the GNU also).

Xavier - disapointed and irritated



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