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Re: Proposal G (was: Proposal - Deferment of Changes from GR 2004-003)

On Tue, Jun 01, 2004 at 10:19:15AM +0200, Andreas Barth wrote:
> We know that, as with every guidelines, there are border cases were
> these guidelines don't really match. We promise to use our common
> sense in this case to get to an appropriate result. We will use our
> guidelines in a way that serves our users and the free software
> community, and we don't intend to blow our guidelines up to full legal
> texts, because we aim to create the best operating system, consisting
> of free works, and not a place for lawyers-to-be.
> Furthermore, by this decision, we overrule the decision by the release
> manager in http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/04/msg06588.html and
> re-inforce the release policy that was valid prior to this date[1]. Of
> course, the Release Manager team is authorized to adjust the release
> policy.

Objection. Common sense is what tells you that the world is flat. I
interpret the first paragraph above to mean that we should not release
with GFDL documentation in main, since that is the obviously correct
path; doing otherwise would serve neither our users nor the free
software community, as it would engender acceptance of a license which
is antithetical to both.

With this in mind, the contradiction inherant in this resolution can
only be interpreted as equivalent to "The DFSG is hereby rendered
impotent for all practical purposes; anything can be included in main
if we feel like it".

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