Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge
Joshua Kwan wrote:
> On Mon, 26 Apr 2004 01:25:36 -0600, Jamin W. Collins wrote:
>> I certainly hope such a GR isn't passed. I didn't agree with the
>> original exemptions given to them and would prefer not to knowingly
>> release non-free items in main.
> I'd considered it a necessary evil that allows Debian to work more
> smoothly on more esoteric systems or systems with much newer hardware that
> is currently only supported by binary blob fortified drivers.
> With regards to other distros, we're currently the only one being so
> pedantic about this kind of thing. Why bother?
Debian has a Social Contract. *No* other distro does.
> Yes, it's a matter of principle, but a considerable number of people have
> been tirelessly slaving over RC bugs to allow the sarge freeze to occur as
> soon as possible. Their work has largely gone to waste now as hundreds
No, the bugs still had to be fixed. No waste.
> more RC bugs are awaiting packages pending a full audit.
Well, AJ refused to do the audit a year ago when the problems were found,
due to his perverse and nonstandard interpretation of the Social Contract.
> This is a bad idea. I will say, however, that I did *not* vote on this GR:
> strapped for time, I read the original call for votes as something trivial
> -- just some janitorial work to the social contract that did not change
> anything meaningful.
It *didn't* change anything meaningful!
> The proposal failed to include a summary of the
> changes or even something like a wdiff(1) of the two versions.
Those were sent to debian-vote repeatedly.
> I'm sure that in light of this thread, if the vote were to be re-done, the
> results would be significantly different.
I doubt it (maybe a higher turnout); you'd be surprised how many people knew
exactly what they were doing.
And it wouldn't matter much, anyway; Debian would still have a Social
Contract which required the same things. Maybe AJ would be happy, because
he could return to his state of denial.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.