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Re: Draft vote on constitutional issues

On Tue, May 12 2009, Wouter Verhelst wrote:

> On Sun, May 10, 2009 at 06:59:41PM +0100, Matthew Johnson wrote:
>> On Sun May 10 18:34, Luk Claes wrote:
>> > > 3. Option X overrides a foundation document, possibly temporarily (?)
>> > 
>> > Not possible. You can only override a decision and amending a foundation
>> > document is the previous option.
>> What would you call the vote to ship non-free software in etch? Because
>> that is what I mean. We are agreeing to do something which the
>> foundation document said we would not, but only for a certain period of
>> time (etch).
>> I don't _care_ what you call that, I call it a temporary override of a
>> foundation document.
> I think this is the core of the disagreement. I do not call it a
> temporary override of a foundation document; I call it a temporary
> practical consensus between "the needs of our users" and "the needs of
> the free software community".

        I thought we had agreed to adhere to a document that lays out
 how these conflicts between the need of the users and the free software
 pledge we made is to be resolved:

|    5. Works that do not meet our free software standards
|       We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of works
|       that do not conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We
|       have created "contrib" and "non-free" areas in our archive for
|       these works.  

        As I understand it, we, as a project, have acceoted that there
 is tension between the needs of our users, and the  dictates of free
 software; and the solution we have come up with is called "contrib" and
 "non-free" areas in our archive. 

        Isn't that perfectly clear?

Non-sequiturs make me eat lampshades.
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>  
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