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Re: GR: Editorial amendments to the social contract

On Thu, Jan 22, 2004 at 03:12:32PM +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> Paragraphs 1 to 4 of the social contract are replaced with the
> following text:
> 1. Debian will remain 100% free
> We provide the guidelines that we use to determine if a work is "free"
> in the document entitled "The Debian Free Software Guidelines". We
> promise that the Debian system and all its components will be free
> according to these guidelines. We will support people who create or
> use both free and non-free works on Debian. We will never make the
> system require the use of a non-free component.
> 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.
> If paragraph 5 is still present, it is replaced with the following
> text:
> 5. Works that do not meet our Free Software standards
> We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of works that do
> not conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We have created
> "contrib" and "non-free" areas in our archive for these works. The
> packages in these areas are not part of the Debian system, although
> they have been configured for use with Debian. We encourage CD
> manufacturers to read the licenses of the packages in these areas and
> determine if they can distribute the packages on their CDs. Thus,
> although non-free works are not a part of Debian, we support their use
> and provide infrastructure for non-free packages (such as our bug
> tracking system and mailing lists).

I second this proposal,


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