Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free, Draft 2
On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 12:56:22PM -0500, Stephen R. Gore wrote:
> 5.Issue nontechnical policy documents and statements.
> These include documents describing the goals of the project, its
> relationship with other free software entities, and nontechnical policies
> such as the free software licence terms that Debian software must meet.
> They may also include position statements about issues of the day.
This does not say revise. The Declaration of Independence was never
reissued. It was clarified as a constitution and bill of rights 12 years
later. The constitution (both of them) had provisions for revision. If the
Social Contract is no longer valid we should instead issue a new document
that replaces it, and to make this clear issue it under a different name,
eg. Social Contract 2000. Historical documents are not revised, they are
replaced. Revision numbers of such important, defining documents should at
visible in the title.
I appeal to those who've seconded this proposal to have a change of heart
and not do this to Debian. Not for technical reasons (eg. life would be
hard with package XX), but in order not to break faith with our community.
Purely technical decisions with respect to non-free (moving it outside the
main mirror network, etc) can be made whenever non-free becomes too
inconvenient to maintain alongside main without changing the Social