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Re: Draft vote on constitutional issues

On 2009-05-13, Thomas Bushnell BSG <tb@becket.net> wrote:
>> DFSG is a guideline and a target: we must no go far as the nearest point
>> we reached, but it still a guideline.
>> Consider:
>> - we never had a full DFSG Debian (also when DFSG was written)
>> - we have "RC" also on stable releases. What should we do in such cases?
>>    Block all dDbian website, all mirrors, etc. because it is clearly against
>>    our foundations? No.
> The Social Contract does not leave vague how we use the DFSG.  It could
> say that we take the DFSG as a guideline, or as a target, but it does
> not.
> Note that the Social Contract does *not* say that we treat non-free
> things as bugs just like other bugs.  We make no promise about other
> bugs, except the general one to prioritize the interests of the free
> software community and our users, both of which involve fixing bugs.
> But section one doesn't just say it's a goal, or a priority, but says
> that it is actually a *promise* not just to try hard, but *never* to
> release non-free software as part of Debian.

Actually, going by the word of the Social Contract, it does not speak
of releases at all.

Philipp Kern

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