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Re: [Proposal] Social Contract Amendment

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|This is formally an amendment to the
|resolution proposed by Andrew Suffield on 29 Dec 2003
|in the sense of deleting all text other than "I propose the following
|resolution:" and replacing with the rest of this message.
|We will change parts 1 and 5 of the social contract to read as follows:
|  1. Debian Will Remain 100% Free Software
|     Debian exists to distribute a general purpose system composed of
|     entirely free software.  As there are many definitions of free
|     software, we use the "Debian Free Software Guidelines" to determine
|     if software is free.  We will also support our users who develop
|     and run other software on Debian -- free or non-free -- but we will
|     never make the system depend on an item of non-free software.
|  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
|     support interoperability standards such as "Linux System Base", and
|     will accept bug reports where our system violates those standards.
|     To make our system more attractive to people with mild dependencies
|     on non-free software, we have created "contrib" and "non-free" areas
|     in our internet archive.  The software in these directories is not
|     needed by most people, and we do not guarantee all software in the
|     non-free area may be distributed in other ways.  Thus, although
|     we're working to reduce people's dependence on non-free software,
|     we support users who are still dependent.  Additionally, we will
|     work to provide free alternatives to non-free software so people who
|     using only free software can work with users of non-free software.
|These changes make the relevance of non-free software more explicit.
|I'll follow this message with a detailed description of these changes.

I second the above mentioned proposal.


Sven Luther
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