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Re: Amendment to the Constitution: Add a new foundation document

I second this, hoping it will bring us all back to work, away from the

Manoj Srivastava dijo [Fri, Apr 30, 2004 at 03:57:33PM -0500]:
>   [MY new CVS Emacs seems to have munged th headers, here is a new
>   version, with a few typographical errors fixed]
> Hi,
>         In order to handle the changes introduced in the GR 2004_003, 
>  I propose we adopt a foundation document that tries to provide
>  guidance and explanation for the transitions required whenever a
>  change occurs in a foundation document like the social contract, and
>  also provides specific remedies to the current dilemma that we find
>  ourself in. This GR proposal is related to the GR currently in
>  discussion for deferring of the changes made in GR 2004_003, and
>  would be on the same ballot, and is an alternative to the GR
>  currently in discussion.
> 	I hereby propose that we amend the constitution to add to the
>  list of foundation documents the document attached in this proposal,
>  titled "Transition Guide" 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>      <OL style="list-style: decimal;">
>        <LI>A Foundation Document is a document or statement regarded as
>         critical to the Project's mission and purposes.</LI>
>        <LI>The Foundation Documents are the works entitled <q>Debian
> -       Social Contract</q> and <q>Debian Free Software Guidelines</q>.</LI>
> +       Social Contract</q>, <q>Transition Guide</q> and 
> +      <q>Debian Free Software Guidelines</q>.</LI>
>        <LI>A Foundation Document requires a 3:1 majority for its
>         supersession.  New Foundation Documents are issued and
>         existing ones withdrawn by amending the list of Foundation
>         Documents in this constitution.</LI>
>      </OL>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Content-Description: Transition Guide
> 			   Transition Guide
>  A working guide to achieve the transition for changes in Foundation documents
> with specific remedies for the change in the social contract made by GR 2004_003
> 	 containing explanations and Rationale, and defining
> 		  guidelines for future transitions
> In GR 2004_003, the wording of the social contract was modified. The
> sociial contract represents the core of what the project is, and the
> implications of the Social Contract leave their mark in many ways,
> deeply intertwined with the components of the distribution. Any
> change in the social contract has major ramifications, and may
> require a period of work and potentially deep rooted changes before
> we can come into compliance with the contract.
> Meeting out commitments to the  Social Contract is an on going
> process. Since we have recently changed these commitments, we need
> an interval of time before we can approach compliance.  Unless we
> shut down the project completely, leaving our users in the lurch,
> the day to day activities of the project have to continue while we
> are working towards compliance.
> There is precedence for this gap in ratifying a foundation and
> implementing the dictats of that document; as Joey Hess reminded me:
> when we first accepted the Social Contract and the DFSG, there was an
> interval before we came into compliance (indeed, it is arguable if we
> were ever completely in compliance -- see above about it being an on
> going process). Indeed, there was a release of a minor version just
> days after the DFSG was accepted, which by no means complied.
> We also did not yank out older releases, or drop support for them
> immediately (as shown by the minor release).
> The binding principle here is that we have to balance the needs of
> our users and the need to make Debian strictly free. As Raul miller
> has stated:
>         In my opinion, the needs of the free software community take
>         precedence in the context of adopting new packages, in the
>         setting of release goals, in our choices about infrastructure
>         and philosophy, and of course in the context of any
>         development work we do.
>          In my opinion, the needs of our users take precedence in the
>          context of security fixes, in the context of support for
>          packages and systems we've released, and in the context of
>          the quality of our work.
> With this document, we, the Debian Project, do so affirm this. We
> affirm that while we are working towards a change in the long term
> goals and identity of the project, or any change in a foundation
> document, the needs of the users shall not be catered to during the
> transition period.
> We affirm that whenever a change in the Social Contract takes place,
> the activities required to provide ongoing and proactive support for
> versions of Debian that have already been released shall continue in
> the period where we are working towards compliance. This includes,
> but is not necessarily limited to, providing security updates, bug
> fixes, preparing for the release of the next (compliant) release,
> adopting new packages, and making point releases to refresh already
> released versions of Debian.
> In the specific case of the GR 2004_003, since that current release,
> code named "Sarge", is very close to release, and the previously
> released version is quite out of date, our commitment to our users
> dictates that the "Sarge" release should go on as planned, even while
> we are trying to reach compliance with the Social Contract. This
> exemption for "Sarge" applies to security releases, and point releases
> as well.

> 	I am actively looking for seconds for this proposal.
> 	manoj
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