[Dev] [consensus][due: 2016-06-13]: New version for Parabola Social Contract
lukeshu at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jun 12 03:42:49 GMT 2016
I've written my own version of the Free Culture bits, and revised the
draft that I submitted before.
You can look at the changes I've made in git (I recommend cloning
it, and using GNU wdiff's `-d` flag to view changes. I wish cgit had
a `wiff` mode).
Some notes about meaning:
- I've inserted the Free Culture bit as item 2, bumping the remaining
items up. I absolutely believe that it should be its own item, and
not be rolled into the Free Software item.
- The the Free Culture item is based heavily on §2(b) of our
agreement with Ceata.
- Based on fauno's and my comments n this thread, I've revised the
- It says "democratic" in item 4. Marcio wants to change that to
"adhocratic". I think this should be discussed, but defer to the
original version's use of "democratic".
Some notes about language:
- I've normalized on saying "Free" instead of "libre". I'd tried
normalizing on "libre", but with adding a section on Free
Culture, it read weird to mention the Free Software Movement, the
Free system Distribution Guidelines, Free Culture, et c. while
never saying "Free" except in the names of things.
- I've fixed up the grammar and language. It now consistently speaks
of Parabola in the first person, and uses the present tense (except
for item 5). Before it varied, even within sentences. Item 5 is
in the future tense because I couldn't make it sound good in the
- To refer to Arch, I wrote “GNU/Linux system "Arch Linux"”. I
believe that this acknowledges the name that the Arch devs have
chosen, but avoids supporting their mistake.
Title: Parabola Social Contract
The Parabola Social Contract is the commitment that we, the Parabola
project, make to the Free Software community in general and our users in
particular. It is because of this that our social contract will always
follow the philosophy of Free knowledge. All amendments to this social
contract must be faithful to the spirit of the [Free Software
1. **Parabola is Free Software**: Products of the Parabola project
follow the [GNU Free System Distribution
They do not include or recommend non-Free software or documentation
and do not provide any type of support for the installation or
execution of non-Free software. This includes: proprietary software,
binary only firmware or binary blobs.
2. **Parabola is Free Culture**: All documentation and cultural works
included in products of the Parabola project are [Free
Culture](http://freedomdefined.org/Definition), with the exceptions
of: non-modifiable license texts, works under the GNU Free
Documentation License with invariant sections, and works of opinion.
All documentation and cultural works created by or for Parabola are
Free Culture, with no exceptions.
3. **Parabola and other distributions**: Parabola's objective is to
support the Free Software Movement, so we only need to compete
against non-Free software; other Free Software projects are to be
cooperated with, not competed with. Parabola strives to support
other Free Software projects as best we can and any information from
our project is available for anybody who needs it. That includes our
packages and repositories.
4. **Parabola and its community**: Parabola's community is democratic
in its essence, so the community is to be included whenever there is
a need to make a decision. We encourage community participation in
the development of the project.
5. **Parabola and Arch Linux**: Parabola will produce an operating
system that is a Free version of the GNU/Linux system "[Arch
Linux](http://www.archlinux.org/)" and possibly other
Arch-based systems. We will provide repositories and installation
media without any non-Free software. All Parabola operating systems
will be backward compatible with the system they are based on, as to
help liberate already working installations. We will respect the
design philosophies of the systems ours are based on, to reduce
friction from both developer and user viewpoints.
~ Luke Shumaker
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