Re: [Proposal] Updating the Social Contract
On 2004-01-10 15:26:23 +0000 Raul Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
5. Programs That Don't Meet Our Free-Software Standards
We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of
that don't conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We
have created "contrib" and "non-free" areas in our FTP archive
software which satisfies our Free Redistribution guideline but
all our other guidelines. The software in these directories is
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
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.
It would have been helpful to describe your changes. It is the same up
to "our FTP Archive for" and then you replaced the original text "this
software. The software in these directories is not part of the Debian
system, although it has been configured for use with Debian. We
encourage CD manufacturers to read the licenses of software packages
in these directories and determine if they can distribute that
software on their CDs. Thus, although non-free software isn't a part
of Debian," followed by the common ending "we support its use, and we
provide infrastructure (such as our bug-tracking system and mailing
lists) for non-free software packages."
Are DFSG 7 and 9 also required for entry into non-free? Also, I think
contrib actually should fulfil all DFSG, but depends on software that
doesn't. Your rewrite appears to weaken that, which I'm sure you
didn't mean to do.
I oppose this proposal because it increases confusion about what is
part of the distribution and increases the conflict with the first
clause of the social contract.
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