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Eli Zaretskii writes:

 > I think the _real_ danger RMS was thinking about wrt Emacs was not
 > from MS lawyers, but MIT lawyers.  See the GNU Manifesto for more
 > details.

Well, maybe.  But since presumably RMS wrote a lot of his code while
supported (officially or otherwise) by MIT, their claim would have
been based on "RMS's code is our code", not on the similarity to code
written by (other) MIT employees.

In any case, I think the main point stands.  RMS thought of the GNU
system as a platform for personal freedom and development of free
software, and therefore encouraged full-featured, self-documenting
software rather than a lean mean implementable-on-an-8008 OS.  Whether
that is "bloat" depends on your purposes.

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