Dear developers, To the question whether the SC allows for Sarge to be released more or less as it is currently, Anthony has clearly stated he delegates the decision to the technical commity, which has replied that the developers could settle the issue by a GR. Unfortunately, none of the proposals so far address this issue directly, but instead propose to modify again the SC, which is not something I feel comfortable with. One of the point of contention is whether the meaning of the SC was changed by the latest GR, and if yes, in what ways. I don't feel it was changed at all myself, so I feel uneasy to vote in favor of a proposal which imply otherwise. Also, in the group of developer that believe the meaning of the SC was changed, I expect they do not all share exactly the same view about how it was changed. However, I don't think Sarge should be delayed by a discussion on the meaning of the SC whether it is the new SC, the old SC, or both. So I would like to introduce a more neutral proposal: This proposal is made in accordance to Constitution 4.1.5 ---------------------- 4. The Developers by way of General Resolution or election 4.1. Powers Together, the Developers may: 5. Issue nontechnical policy documents and statements. These include documents describing the goals of the project, its relationship with other free software entities, and nontechnical policies such as the free software licence terms that Debian software must meet. They may also include position statements about issues of the day. --------------------- We, Debian developers, issue the statement: "On the question on what software should be allowed in the main section of our archive (The official Debian distribution) for our forthcoming release code-named Sarge, we resolve that we will apply the same criterion as for our preceding release, code-named Woody." --------------------- I suppose it fits as "a nontechnical policies such as the free software licence terms that Debian software must meet.". It would require a simple majority to pass, then. Note that this not worded as an apology. We have worked hard to produce a release (Woody) that tried to meet our SC, and we should be proud of the result even if it is not perfect. Is it possible to achieve perfection anyway ? I could include a rationale of why I want to introduce a new proposal, but I though that would distract you to consider the proposition on its own merit. I could do it on a separate email if requested. Now, I am not a great writer in my mother tongue, and I am worse in the language required by this list, so if you are inclined to support my proposal, consider if you can reword it properly. All the best, -- Bill. <firstname.lastname@example.org> Imagine a large red swirl here. PS: If you feel aggravated by my proposal, I profusely apologize, it was not my intend.
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