Re: non-DFSG section and CD distributers
6On Fri, 14 Nov 1997, Alex Yukhimets wrote:
: > On Fri, 14 Nov 1997, Alex Yukhimets wrote:
: > > > > ps. Have we started making prospective maintainers look at the DFSG
: > > > > yet?
: > > >
: > > > Yes, all new maintainers are asked if they have read and understood
: > > > the Debian social contract.
: > >
: > > Great. Just like acceptance to the Youth Communist League. :(
: > The purpose of having all new maintainers to read the DFSG is to not have
: > to discuss them *every two months*, as it has happened during the last
: > months since it was approved.
: > [ BTW: This has nothing to do with communism: In fact the DFSG state
: > clearly that you can not *restrict* the amount of money others can charge
: > for distributing free software :-]
: I am not saying that dogmatic ideology of some members of Debian
: community has anything in common with communist ideology. But
: *methods* are so damn familiar!
Can you suggest a more palatable way to ensure that each contributor
actually *believes* what the project believes (as a whole)? I
cannot - beliefs imply dogma.
Clearly, that is the issue here. Debian is not a collection of
volunteers doing whatever the hell they please, it's a collection of
volunteers doing their best to contribute to a software distribution
that is truly free. "Free" is defined by the DFSG. It is, by
definition, dogmatic. Communism, Fascism, the Spanish Inquisition ...
these were also dogmatic movements, but it's hardly fair to compare
Debian to them. "Dogma" does not imply "evil", just as "fanatic" does
not imply "lunatic".
I prefer to think of the DFSG as a contract. If someone makes you read
a contract before participating in whatever it is they are contracting
with you about, do you compare them to the Youth Communist League??
(a perplexed Debian *user* who lurks on -devel)
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