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Re: What your ballot should look like if you're in favor of releasing sarge

On Wed, Jun 23, 2004 at 02:52:03PM -0400, Clint Adams wrote:
> WV> Who's to say what's "valid" and what isn't? When I originally read (and
> WV> agreed with) the SC, there was nobody to tell me that the way I read it
> WV> at the time wasn't considered "valid". There was also nobody who pointed
> WV> me at the subtle inconsistency in the way I interpreted the original SC.
> WV> Sue me, English isn't my native language.
> I don't see much value in quibbling over the actual words in the
> original Social Contract.  I think the actual meaning we intend for the
> current SC is far more important.
> RM> Given historical practice, that's not an unreasonable interpretation.
> Historically, Debian has had numerous ideals.  Not a single Debian
> release has demonstrated achievement of all those ideals.  Now, you can
> infer from this that we didn't really have those ideals, and achieved
> our real ideals, or you can infer that we compromised our ideals out of
> pragmatism or ignorance.  Or you can infer something else entirely.
(IANADD) as someone said you can release a 'perfect' distro that is DFSG
and SC approved but not up to date or usable by most. How is pragmatically
releasing something a compromise. Is the goal to be perfect or to
release something in a timely fashion that maximises both its
usefulnes/newness and its freeness.

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