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Proposed ballot General Resolution: Editorial amendments to the social contract

     Voting starts on          Sunday, April 11th, 23:59:59 UTC, 2004
     Votes must be received by Sunday, April 25st, 23:59:59 UTC, 2004

The following ballot is for voting on a General Resolution to add
editorial changes to the Social Contract.  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:


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 2. You may rank options
equally (as long as all choices X you make fall in the range 1<= X <= 2).

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_editorial@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

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[   ] Choice 1: Change the Social Contract [3:1 majority needed]
[   ] Choice 2: Further Discussion
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The full text of the GR is:
The Social Contract text shall be replaced with:

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.

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).

Since this modifies the Social Contract, this requires a 3:1 majority
to pass. 

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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If you lose your temper at a newspaper columnist, he'll get rich or
famous or both.  -- James C. Hagerty,
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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