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Re: Proposal - Deferment of Changes from GR 2004-003

On Tue, May 25, 2004 at 09:38:12PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 01:06:39PM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > I propose the following amendment, replacing the entire text of the
> > resolution:
> > 
> > The Debian project resolves that it will not compromise on freedom,
> > and will never knowingly issue another release (excluding point
> > updates to stable releases) that contains anything in the 'main' or
> > 'contrib' sections which is not free software according to the DFSG.
> I propose the following cosmetic amendments to the above:
> s/project/Project/

Reasonable. Let it stand so amended, under A.1.6.

> s/to stable releases/& already made at the time this resolution comes
> into force/
> Without the latter amendment, I fear that at some time in the future,
> people will say it's "obvious" that the above permits us to knowingly
> put non-free software back into main via a point update even if we had
> to leave it out for the initial release.

Barring a stronger argument than "some lunatic might find a creative
way to twist the wording in the future", I'm going to tentatively
reject this one on the basis that you can't win that game, and it's
better to stay out of it.

That part is a simple exclusion (not an explicit permission for the
inverse), and I added it so that we can (for example) continue
releasing point updates to woody without deleting all GFDL
documentation in the next one. It seems reasonable to me to extend the
same protection to sarge+1. That's not to say that we shouldn't, or
wouldn't, remove non-free things in a stable point release - just that
this resolution does not require us to do so.

While we're on the subject of interpretations, the first clause ("The
Debian project resolves that it will not compromise on freedom")
constitutes a position statement about an issue of the day, under
4.1.5. Anybody who tries to give it a stronger meaning is invited to
stop being a dick.

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