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Re: Social Contract proposal -- 20040116-13

On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 08:17:53 -0500, Raul Miller <moth@debian.org> said: 

> 5. Software that doesn't meet our free-software standards

>      We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of
>      software which does not conform to the Debian Free Software
>      Guidelines.  In order to accommodate these users, 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.  For those who
>      need to run software we do not distribute, free or non-free, we
>      support application binary interface standards.  Thus, although
>      we're working to reduce people's requirements for 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.

> Note that the addition of ABI reference might be considered
> technical policy.  I'd like the project secretary to make a ruling
> on this, if he's still available [if he's not available in the next
> couple days, I'll bring this up with the technical committee
> chairman].  If it is a point of technical policy, we'll need the TC
> to approve this proposal before it can be be considered as a GR.
> [I'll take responsibiity for seeing that that happens, if it is
> needed.]

	I think that setting a goal for supporting application binary
 interface standards is setting general policy; selecting those
 standards, and deciding on how they shall be adhered to, and the
 processes involved, is technical policy.

	In my opinion, nothing in the proposed language defines
 technical policy.

"Science makes godlike -- it is all over with priests and gods when
man becomes scientific.  Moral: science is the forbidden as such -- it
alone is forbidden.  Science is the *first* sin, the *original* sin.
*This alone is morality.* ``Thou shalt not know'' -- the rest
follows." Friedrich Nietzsche
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