Subject: Re: Questions about Symbolics lisp machines
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 05:01:39 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
| I understood Kent to be saying that free software is without value.  That
| is, it's not copy N+1 of Emacs that has no value, but Emacs itself.

  But what would you have to forsake in order to acquire Emacs?  What would
  you take that have today and be prepared to lose in order to gain Emacs,
  or be prepared not to gain in order to keep Emacs?  That would be a good
  measure of its value.  I think the value of Emacs is close to the value
  of my cat -- both were acquired at no cost, both have required a massive
  amount of time, love, and care, and both are so important to me that I
  have declined opportunities that would have meant parting with either of

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.