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Re: Proposal - non-free software removal

On Mon, Nov 11, 2002 at 03:21:29AM +0100, Peter Palfrader wrote:
> I wonder what kind of majority is required to modify the Social Contract
> or the DFSG. I'ld expect them to have at least the same protection as
> the Constitution itself.

In fact, the social contract has never been ratified under the
constitution.  Informally, one of the things that Ian expected us to do
with the constitution is ratify the social contract and existing policy.

Unfortunately, we've never gotten around to that, and the exact status
of the social contract with respect to the constitution is somewhat

Prior discussions on this very issue [getting rid of non-free] have been
so divisive that we wound up tabling the discussion in disgust.

Personally, I think before we take up a vote about changing the social
contract, we should take up a vote about what relation the constitution
has to the social contract.  And, since that vote would mix supermajority
and non-supermajority issues, before we tackle that we should fix the
voting system so it is unambiguous about these kinds of mixed votes.

And, it's my fault that we don't have an adequate draft for fixing the
voting system.  I'll try to submit one today.



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