[Proposal] Updating the Social Contract
This is based on my current understanding of the issues behind the
current discussion about non-free.
I propose we amend section 5 of the social contract so that it reads:
5. Programs That Don't Meet Our Free-Software Standards
We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of programs
that don't conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We
have created "contrib" and "non-free" areas in our FTP archive for
software which satisfies our Free Redistribution guideline but not
all our other guidelines. The software in these directories is an
optional supplement to the Debian OS which is available from the
"main" are of our FTP archive. Thus, although non-free software
isn't the point of Debian, we support its use, and we provide
infrastructure (such as our bug-tracking system and mailing lists)
for non-free software packages.
If you think this is a bad idea, please explain what you see that need
to be solved, and suggest how to make it better.