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Re: The debate on Invariant sections (long)

Jérôme Marant <jerome.marant@free.fr> wrote:

> En réponse à MJ Ray <markj@cloaked.freeserve.co.uk>:
> > =?iso-8859-15?q?J=E9r=F4me?= Marant <jmarant@nerim.net> wrote:
> > > As long as I am a GNU Emacs user, I object to see the Emacs manual
> > > going to non-free. Currently, it is provided by the emacs package
> > 
> > You are complaining to the wrong people, I think.  Fix the licence,
> > not the social contract.
> After reading RMS's reply, it seems not really possible to me.

Jérôme, that's RMS' choice to make.  We don't have to pretend it's free.
He believes his invariant sections are an important soapbox for his free
software philosophies. In an apparent contradiction, he feels it's a
small price to pay if that makes the documentation non-free.

> But then, if we're seeking for enemies, I believe they
> are not on GNU side ...

I think we should be true to ourselves, in spite of whatever the FSF
say.  I think it's unfortunate that not only are they using a non-free
license, but that they are promoting it as a free license.

How hard will it be for you to fetch some docs from non-free?  I don't
think it's a huge price to pay to be true to ourselves.


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