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Re: committee for FSF-Debian discussion

On Wed, Oct 01, 2003 at 04:00:36PM +1000, Martin Michlmayr - Debian Project Leader wrote:
> I would like to invite Don to participate in this committee.  As per
> the constitution (5.1.1), I cannot make him an official delegate since
> he's not yet a Developer.  However, Debian has always welcomed
> contributions from outside, and Don also fulfills all criteria we
> expect from Developers.  He has agreed to uphold the Social Contract
> and the DFSG in private mail and has a GPG key which is signed by a
> Developer.  I think it's clear from his -legal participation that he
> agrees with Debian's philosophy.  Given Don's participation in -legal,
> I would like to invite him to participate in this commitee as an
> independet person representing the views of Debian on the FDL.  He
> will work under the auspices of Mako Hill, who I have just appointed
> as Debian representative in the discussion with FSF.

I don't have any problems with Don personally, but I personally would
rather we had a full-fledged Debian Developer as our other delegate to
this committee.

That way there would be no need to regard this delegate as a "junior
partner" to Mako, and we'd have a representative who had gone through
the stages of the NM process, pledged to uphold the Social Contract, and
who is formally accountable to the rest of the Project.

Again, this is an assessment based on organizational and precendtial
principles, and not in any way a critique of Don, who I think has
acquitted himself admirably on this mailing list.

G. Branden Robinson                |     You don't just decide to break
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     Kubrick's code of silence and then
branden@debian.org                 |     get drawn away from it to a
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     discussion about cough medicine.

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