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Re: Another Non-Free Proposal

On Sat, Jan 03, 2004 at 03:00:50PM -0500, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
> I am not a DD (yet), and this is not a GR proposal (yet). However, I'm 
> requesting comments on it, and maybe it'll be more tenable to people 
> more reluctant to remove non-free.

> -------- -

> Whereas,
> 	the Debian Project exists to create a distribution of free software;

> 	many Developers do not consider it moral or equitable to provide,
> 	freely, our project's resources to projects who are unwilling or
> 	unable to provide their code freely to the public;

> 	the importance of non-free software has greatly decreased since the
> 	founding of the project; and

> 	outside groups have been quite able to provide well-integrated
> 	software no harder to obtain than that from Debian's own mirror
> 	network:

> It is resolved that,
> 	After the release of Sarge, Debian shall not continue to include
> 	non-free in "testing" or "unstable." Sarge shall be the last
> 	release of Debian to include a non-free section. We will continue
> 	to support the non-free section of Sarge for as long as the free
> 	section of it. People who still require non-free software after
> 	that are encouraged to set up their own distribution network for
> 	it.

> To effect this, a new version of the Social Contract with only clauses 
> 1 through 4 is hereby issued.

> The major effective difference in this proposal is that Sarge will 
> still include non-free, in order to give people plenty of time (3 
> years?) to migrate to free alternatives or find different hosting for 
> their non-free packages.

<harumph> So the palatibility of this proposal depends on the premise
that our release schedules will continue to get worse?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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