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Re: Social Contract proposal -- 20040116-13

On Fri, Jan 16, 2004 at 08:17:53AM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> This is an updated draft of the proposal I posted earlier today
> This draft replaces the LSB reference with an ABI reference.
> Let's hold off on seconding this proposal until the 19th.  There's a
> non-zero chance that it will need to be changed again.
> 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.]
> The rationale for this proposal is:  clean up the social contract and
> bring its words in line with the way we have been interpreting it.
> - -- 
> 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 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. 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.
> - -- 
> Raul
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Seconded. (It's now the 20th here.)

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

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