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Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge

On Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 01:47:07PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> > I don't see any particular problems with taking as long as it takes
> > to update the Debian system to conform to the new social contract,
> > although obviously I'm disappointed that that looks like taking
> > longer than a few weeks.

> > OTOH, if uploading packages and making a release isn't something
> > that is covered by the social contract, I can't really see how
> > anything we do could be. And I'm not willing to accept that as a
> > principle.

> 	I am not sure I am on the same page anymore. Yes, the social
>  contract has changed. If we accept that it is going to take time to
>  bring everything in line with the new version, and I think it is
>  reasonable to do so, I think that life does not stop until we do so.
>  We still have people using our software, we continue to provide them
>  security uploads, do bug fixes, and heck, even release Sarge, all the
>  while working towards making the system conform to the SC.

> 	In other words, I can see decopling the security upgrades, bug
>  fixes, and a long overdue stable release as being good for the users,
>  without in any way detracting from the desire and intent of making
>  the system conform to the new version of the SC.

But the GR as passed didn't include any sort of time limit.  If the
changes in the SC don't take effect immediately for all activities, the
other end of the spectrum is that we have unlimited time to bring main
into compliance.  Anything in between would be quite arbitrary, and I
think it's reasonable to ask for a clarification from the project at
large before picking an arbitrary point.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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