Re: FYI: GNU Emacs Manual to be moved to non-free
Thien-Thi Nguyen <email@example.com> wrote:
> Roland Mas <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> The problem is that the rules (guidelines, actually) for deciding
> what we consider free enough to put in Debian, and what we don't,
> do not emanate from the users but from our constitution and
> social contract.
> i'm no populist, but it strikes me no matter how you phrase it, that
> an organization dedicated to user freedoms has latent problems if its
> basic policy process doesn't emanate from the users.
Debian policy _doesn't_ emanate from its user base. We're not Red Hat,
or any other commercial entity that has to do that. Debian policy comes
from its members.
> We are not restricting our users, like your remark seems to imply
> we are. We are restricting ourselves.
> by restricting yourselves (in your mind, apart from the users) w/
> insufficient granularity, you end up in practice restricting the users
> anyway, driving them to help each other apart from you, and inducing
> their mistrust.
I think he means we member-drive, not user-driven.
What you say may be true, but Debian membership is high enough to have a
useful userbase. :-)
It's not that we don't care about users, it's that we care more about