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Re: RFD: amendment of Debian Social Contract

On Thu, Oct 30, 2003 at 10:43:18AM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> The side effect being that removing the non-free section of our archive
> will only need a normal GR, or even a decision of the tech comitee,
> instead of needing a 3:1 (super) majority, like it does now, right ?

Not exactly.  It changes the removal of non-free from being something
that is effectively forbidden by the Social Contract, to something that
isn't forbidden by the Social Contract.

There isn't a neat bin the issue gets sorted into.  Do we need a GR to
change the eligibility requirements for inclusion in contrib or
non-free?  How about subdividing contrib or non-free?  How about adding
sections to main?  Have we ever had a GR about these kinds of issues
before?  (The latter is a rhetorical question; I don't think we have.)

How we deal with these questions under the existing Social Contract is
precisely how we'd deal with the potential elimination of non-free if my
proposed amendments are accepted.

I expect we'll continue to handle archive organization issues much the
same way we always have, unless we decide to change that.  But that's
orthogonal to my proposal.  All my proposed amendment does is make
available a new option to those who make large-scale decisions about the
Debian archive.

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Debian GNU/Linux                   |    intellectuals to tell the truth and
branden@debian.org                 |    expose lies.
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