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Re: [Proposal] Updating the Social Contract

On Sun, Jan 11, 2004 at 06:06:35PM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> This proposal replaces the amendment I submitted earlier today.  This
> version removes "Linux" from the title and spells out who the contract
> is with.  I also fix the grammatical mistake Sven found.
> We will change the title of the social contract to read:
>   Debian's Social Contract with its Users
> 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.
> and
>   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
>      use only free software can work with users of non-free software.
> - -- 
> Raul
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I second this proposal.

I believe it is Raul's latest at this time.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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