Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge
On Mon, 26 Apr 2004 12:36:02 -0400, Raul Miller <email@example.com> said:
> On Tue, Apr 27, 2004 at 02:15:01AM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
>> Dear technical ctte, if you are able to come to a conclusion on
>> this topic, please make a decision as to whether the social
>> contract requires non-free documentation, firmware, etc to be
>> removed from main before release.
> What are the technical criteria of relevance on this issue?
> At first blush there are several conflicts:
> * between various interpretations of the old social contract
> * between old social contract vs. new social contract
> * between 100% free software vs. timely release
> * between release discipline vs. the latest and greatest.
> Also -- in part because our current BTS doesn't indicate which
> versions bugs are fixed and released in -- there's something of a
> conflict between the stablity of "the most recent version" where
> bugs are "fixed" and "the stable version" where only herculean
> efforts make bug fixes available.
> As usual, none of the options* we're faced with are particularly
> appealing, but this ambiguity about what problem we're actually
> trying to resolve is also troubling.
> [*Obvious options: (1) delay release significantly or (2) approve
> something contrary to the current social contract and contrary to
> some interpretations of the previous social contract.]
Well, at this point, I do not see any non obvious options. As
things stand, I do think all non-free bits need to be removed;
leading to (1); or a new GR is proposed (I do not think we can just
overturn the SC requirements by fiat, but I am willing to be
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