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Re: An ammendment (Re: Formal CFV: General Resolution to Abolish Non-Free)



Anthony Towns wrote:
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  >On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 11:03:33PM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
  >> DEBIAN GENERAL RESOLUTION
  >> Proposed by: John Goerzen <jgoerzen@complete.org>
  >
  >I wish to propose an ammendment to the proposed resolution as follows.
  >
  >The text of the resolution should be replaced with a call for the
  >developers to resolve that:
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  >  1) the Debian project continues to acknowledge the utility of providing
  >     non-free software for it users.
  >
  >  2) the Debian project also acknowledges that some developers may be
  >     unwilling or unable to explicitly work on non-free software, and
  >     holds that this is not and should not be detrimental to their work
  >     on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, or their contribution to the
  >     Debian project.
  >
  >  3) the Debian project considers equating the importance of the "contrib"
  >     and "non-free" areas described in the Social Contract with the
  >     official Debian GNU/Linux distribution inappropriate.
  >
  >  4) noting that the Debian project already distributes various other
  >     collections of unofficial packages, the project endorses a move to
  >     specifically collect the various other add-on components such as
  >     "experimental", "orphaned", "non-free" and "contrib" and to clearly
  >     separate these from the "main" collection.
  >
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  >
  >The intention of this ammendment is to provide a means for developers to
  >offer their support of the existing social contract while acknowledging
  >that the current situation does indeed give somewhat too much credibility.
  >
  >This is obviously something of a compromise position, and as such it is
  >intended to be a resolution that can be agreed to even without agreeing
  >that it's the better possibility of those offered.
  >
  >While the implied technical changes in item (4) should not have any
  >significant negative consequences, they may be implemented in a way that
  >will provide some significant benefits: tying orphaned and experimental to
  >a particular release may make some software more accessible to users who
  >do not wish to run unstable; and setting up infrastructure for various
  >add-on components may make it more convenient to host staging areas
  >that don't quite conform to policy: in order to make Gnome packages
  >consistent, or to make IPv6 packages usable, or even to distribute
  >Debianised KDE source.
  >
  >I imagine this ammendment would be best as a separate option on the
  >ballot to the original proposal, and as such it will require five seconds.
  >
  >Respectfully submitted,
 

I second/sponsor this.



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