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.
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