Re: Proposal - non-free software removal
I recommend we table this until we've resolved a couple ambiguities:
 How do we vote on ballots which mix supermajority and
 Is the social contract a supermajority issue or not?
We've currently got a draft on , and I need to update it. I apologize
for being so slow.
On Sun, Nov 10, 2002 at 07:21:34PM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> Pursuant to Appendix A of the Debian Constitution and the guidelines offered
> at http://www.debian.org/vote/howto_proposal, I hereby offer the following
> draft proposal as the beginning of a General Resolution process to decide
> this issue.
> Sponsors should reply to this message. According to the guidelines, all
> other discussion is to occur in debian-devel, and I will start a thread
> there with some prelminary analyses of this proposal.
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> A. That the non-free areas be removed from all non-released Debian
> archives, such as "unstable" and "testing". All packages placed in a
> non-free area in accordance with the definition in Policy section
> 2.1.4 must be removed from the Distribution and archives, subject to
> the restrictions in section B. The introduction or re-introduction
> into the Debian Distribution or the Debian archives of any package
> meeting the non-free definition in Policy section 2.1.4, or failing
> the Debian Free Software Guidelines, shall be forbidden.
> B. That nothing in this Resolution shall mandate the removal of non-free
> software from historic Debian archives nor from the current stable
> archive. The archive maintainers, release maintainers, or other
> responsible parties under the Debian Constitution shall decide the
> final disposition of the non-free software in historic and current
> stable areas.
> C. That nothing in this Resolution shall mandate the removal of
> "contrib" sections from any archive. The archive maintainers, release
> maintainers, or other responsible parties under the Debian
> Constitution shall decide the disposition of contrib sections, and may
> re-visit their decision at any later date, subject to the normal
> procedures governing such decisions.
> D. That the maintainer of the Debian Policy Manual, or an appointee of
> the Debian Project Leader, be directed to update that manual
> respective of the changes to the Project and general Project policy
> detailed in this Resolution.
> E. That the maintainers of the Debian archives and website, or an
> appointee of the Debian Project Leader, be directed to implement the
> changes to the Debian archives and website to reflect the changes to
> Debian enacted by this Resolution.
> F. That a new version of the Debian Social Contract with the Free
> Software Community be released, with the same content as the
> existing version, save for the following amendments:
> 1. The title of Section 5 shall be modified to read: "We will
> support users of our system who develop or run non-free software."
> 2. The text of Section 5 be modified to read: "We acknowledge that
> some of our users require the use of programs that don't conform to
> the Debian Free Software Guidelines. While we will not distribute
> such software itself, we will take steps wherever technically
> feasible to ensure compatibility with these programs."
> G. That the public will be advised of the date, purpose, and nature of
> the new Debian Social Contract as mandated by this Resolution. This
> notification must state that the new Debian Social Contract supercedes
> the older version. Subject to the decisions made in section B, this
> notification must also include information about the disposition of
> historic and current stable non-free software.
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