Re: Bug#51842: [PROPOSED] closing hole in DFSG that can force you to include some text in advertisement
>>"Joey" == Joey Hess <email@example.com> writes:
Joey> Ok, perhaps it wasn't clear. My meaning was that I think we
Joey> should solicit Bruce's opinion on any changes to the DFSG. It
I fail to see why one would do that any more than, say, RMS or
ESR, or Alan Cox or Linus.
Joey> would just be one opinion amoung many, I'm sure.
Joey> I think it's useful to look at Bruce as the upstream author of
Joey> the DFSG. After all, he is the primary author. My
No way in hell. The DFSG was written during a prolonged
discussion, and the mailing list contributed to the final form. Buce
is not more the upstream author of the DFSG than CHristian Schartz is
the upstream author of Debian policy.
Secondly, Debian should be in total charge of the criteria
that the project uses to define what is free and what is not. This
is a core, critical, aspect of the Pr5oject, and in no way, shape, or
form should it be under external decisi0on or influence.
If we can't even claim ownership of the DFSG, I shall
seriously launchan effort to disown it, and start over with a
document we can control.
This is a major deal to me.
Joey> conversations with him have revealed that he has a deeper
Joey> understanding of the tradeoffs involved in it and the
Joey> underlying reasons for what is currently in it than most other
Joey> people do, and thus I value his advise on the DFSG.
I value lots of peoples advice. ESR. Linus. Alan Cox. The
Pope. My wife. Does that mean they control what Debian decides is
free? Heck, no.
Joey> Just like with a normal upstream author, we should try to avoid
Joey> a fork.
I totally reject the notion that there is an upstrewam author
involved. But, if there is, we should rescind the document and create
a new one, whenever we so desire.
Joey> However, just as with a normal upstream author, we
Joey> reserve the right to override their decisions if that is
Joey> necessary for Debian.
I would not like to be beholden to an outsider for something
that is at the core of the project.
"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I
just wish it wasn't this one." Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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