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Second Call for Votes: General resolution for the handling of the non-free section



Hi,

        At the midpoint of this vote, there have been 303 unique
 voters who have exercised their franchise. This is remarkably better
 showing than what we had for the previous GR; people must be
 interested in this issue ;-)

	Please see http://www.debian.org/vote/2004/vote_002 for
 details (including a rationale for the amendment) and statistics.

	manoj

     Voting starts on          Sunday, March  7 23:59:59 UTC 2004.
     Votes must be received by Sunday, March 21 23:59:59 UTC 2004.

The following ballot is for voting on a General Resolution to decide
on future handling of the non-free section.  The vote is being
conducted in accordance with the policy delineated in Section A,
Standard Resolution Procedure, of the Debian Constitution.

The details of the general resolution can also be found at:
http://www.debian.org/vote/2004/vote_002

HOW TO VOTE

Do not erase anything between the lines below and do not change the
choice names.

In the brackets next to your most preferred choice, place a 1. Place a
2 in the brackets next to your next most preferred choice. Do not
enter a number smaller than 1 or larger than 3. You may rank options
equally (as long as all choices X you make fall in the range 1<= X <= 3).

To vote "no, no matter what" rank "Further Discussion" as more
desirable than the unacceptable choices, or you may rank the "Further
Discussion" choice, and leave choices you consider unacceptable
blank. Unranked choices are considered equally least desired choices,
and ranked below all ranked choices. (Note: if the "Further
Discussion" choice is unranked, then it is equal to all other unranked
choices, if any -- no special consideration is given to the "Further
Discussion" choice by the voting software).

Then mail the ballot to gr_non_free@vote.debian.org.
Don't worry about spacing of the columns or any quote characters (">")
that your reply inserts. NOTE: The vote must be GPG signed (or PGP
signed) with your key that is in the Debian keyring. Do _NOT_ encrypt
your ballot; the voting mechanism shall not be able to decrypt your
message.

- - -=-=-=-=-=- Don't Delete Anything Between These Lines =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
[   ] Choice 1: Cease active support of non-free [3:1 majority needed]
[   ] Choice 2: Re-affirm support for non-free
[   ] Choice 3: Further Discussion
- - -=-=-=-=-=- Don't Delete Anything Between These Lines =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Details of the choices are as follows.

Cease Active support of the non-free section: The text of the GR is:
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 The next release of Debian will not be accompanied by a non-free
 section; there will be no more stable releases of the non-free
 section. The Debian project will cease active support of the
 non-free section. Clause 5 of the social contract is repealed.
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Re-affirm support for non-free. The text of the GR is:
----------------------------------------------------------------------
It is proposed that the Debian project resolve that:

Acknowledging that some of our users continue to require the use of
programs that don't conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines, we
reaffirm our commitment to providing the contrib and non-free areas in
our archive for packaged versions of such software, and to providing the
use of our infrastructure (such as our bug-tracking system and mailing
lists) to help with the maintenance of non-free software packages.
----------------------------------------------------------------------

The responses to a valid vote shall be signed by the vote key created
for this vote. The public key for the vote, signed by the Project
secretary, is appended below.

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incomplete and saying: "Now it's complete because it's ended here."
Muad'dib, "Dune"
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