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Re: Proposal G (was: Proposal - Deferment of Changes from GR 2004-003)

On Tue, 01 Jun 2004, Andreas Barth wrote:
> We, Debian, reaffirm that our priorities are our users and the free
> software community. We keep to that, both are our priorities. We
> don't intend to give one of them up for the other. We strongly
> believe that, in the long run, their interests are the same.

That's a nice thing to say, but in the short term, what exactly does
this mean for the various clases of controversial works under
discussion here?

It seems that you're basically resolving not to resolve anything and
maintain the muddy status quo.
> For our users, we promise to do regular releases; as a guideline, a
> major release of the distribution should happen about once a year.

I have no idea why this is being discussed in the context of this
vote. I suggest that this is an anciliary issue that should be voted
on separately. [Secretary: is this your understanding as well?]

> Furthermore, by this decision, we overrule the decision by the
> release manager in
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/04/msg06588.html and
> re-inforce the release policy that was valid prior to this
> date[1]. Of course, the Release Manager team is authorized to adjust
> the release policy.

I would suggest using a positive direction instead of the nebulous
concept of "overruling the decision". That is, direct the release
manager to make a release policy along a specific line to resolve
whatever problem you believe exists in the RM's interpretation of

Finally, this resolution seems to conflict with the social contract as
it stands. This conflict should be resolved within this proposal by
recinding appropriate sections of the contract, or inserting specific
language to the contract itself.

Don Armstrong

A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very
easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It does not haggle over
expenditures on armaments and military equipment. It pays without
discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the
syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors
are an abundant source of gain.
 -- Anatole France


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