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Re: [Proposal] Revised Social Contract

On Mon, Jan 12, 2004 at 08:33:21AM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> This proposal serves as a replacement for my earlier proposals:
>     http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2004/debian-vote-200401/msg01122.html
> one which is not yet in the mailing list archives, but which is quoted at
>     http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2004/debian-vote-200401/msg01184.html
> and
>     http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2004/debian-vote-200401/msg01188.html
> I'd like to call for seconds on this proposal, [especially from Sven
> and Hamish, if this new one meets your requirements].
> Changes from the previous version (msg01188.html):
> [1] replace "programs" with the more general term "software" (part 5),
> [2] change the free alternatives language to better reflect what
>      we do (part 5),
> [3] Incorporate wholesale updates to parts 2, 3 and 4 as suggested
>     by Andrew Suffield at 
>     http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2004/debian-vote-200401/msg01192.html
> [4] Make explicit the constitutional removal of the DFSG from the 
>     social contract,
> [5] Remove a bit of language from the meta-title which I added in 
>     the previous version (msg01188.html).
> - -- 
> I propose the following resolution:
> We will replace our social contract with two documents, as specified
> by the recent constitutional amendment.  The first replacement document
> will be the social contract below, and the second replacement document
> will be the Debian Free Software Guidelines extracted from the remainder
> of the original social contract.
> Here's the replacement for the social contract:
> Debian's Social Contract
> The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common
> cause to create a free operating system.  This is the "social contract"
> we offer to the free software community.
>   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> "Social Contract" with the Free Software Community
>   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.
>   2. We will give back to the free software community
>      When we write new components of the Debian system, we will license
>      them in a manner consistent with the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
>      We will make the best system we can, so that free works will be
>      widely distributed and used. We will communicate things such
>      as bug fixes, improvements and user requests to the "upstream"
>      authors of works included in our system.
>   3. We will not hide problems
>      We will keep our entire bug report database open for public view
>      at all times. Reports that people file online will promptly become
>      visible to others.
>   4. Our priorities are our users and free software
>      We will be guided by the needs of our users and the free software
>      community. We will place their interests first in our priorities. We
>      will support the needs of our users for operation in many different
>      kinds of computing environments. We will not object to non-free
>      works that are intended to be used on Debian systems, or attempt to
>      charge a fee to people who create or use such works. We will allow
>      others to create distributions containing both the Debian system and
>      other works, without any fee from us. In furtherance of these goals,
>      we will provide an integrated system of high-quality materials with
>      no legal restrictions that would prevent such uses of the system.
>   5. Programs that don't meet our free-software standards
>      We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of software
>      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.

[I think it's "Standard Base".]

> <snip here> 
>      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, w
> <to here>

[All above snip IMHO]

>      [W]e will work to find, package and support free alternatives to 
>      non-free software so people who use only free software can work 
>      with users of non-free software.
> - -- 
> Raul

I'd be happier with the snips indicated above, reducing clause 5
to three sentences.  I'm not sure that the bits about reducing 
dependence on non-free are germane.


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