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Re: "Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge" or "Debian commits suicide"

On Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 01:30:56PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:

If I were a DD (I haven't applied because I've been fixing firmware instead,
but I think I will apply ASAP), I would fully support a GR matching option
"D" (admit that sarge will not satisfy the DFSG, and release it); this is
an *honest* compromise.

This is dangerous.
It was my own initial reaction, but on reflection, I've had to reassess.
By releasing with an admittance that our 'product' does not meet our own established and published standard, we may well compromise Debians' legal position by establishing a specific legal precedent.
This would leave us vulnerable.
I think that the present strategy of cleaning up main, still making firmware available is the best option. The one negative I see from this, is the difficulty of the new user implementing a new install, but it buys the time to be able to address the possibility of a sane, longterm solution.


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