Re: [Proposal] Revised Social Contract
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|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.
| 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 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.
I second this proposal.
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