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Re: A GNU “social contract”?

From: Dmitry Alexandrov
Subject: Re: A GNU “social contract”?
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2019 23:13:57 +0300
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Andreas Enge <> wrote:
> Proposal of a “GNU Social Contract”
> This document states the core commitments of the GNU Project to the broader 
> free software community.  All current GNU Project members have agreed to 
> uphold these values.

In other words, you suggest to tighten the screws even more than 
(his ‘contract’ concerns only maintainers), do you?

Iʼm deeply afraid, you have to choose one of that and “GNU welcomes 
contributors” below.

> The purpose of the GNU Project is to provide software and systems that 
> respect users' freedoms.
> * GNU respects users' freedoms

> All software written by us is distributed under copyleft licenses, designed 
> to ensure that developers cannot strip off users' freedom from GNU software.

Iʼd like to remind, that promoting a copyleft from a just a tool applied 
strategically to a unyielding principle would be in contrary to the effective 
recommendations published on [1].


> Besides upholding the four essential freedoms, we pay attention and respond 
> to new threats to users' freedom as they arise, such as services as a 
> software substitute (SaaSS), use of non-free scripts on web pages, mass 
> surveillance, digital restrictions management (DRM), etc.

Yet again, only the surveillance is _besides_ four computing freedoms.  SaaSS 
is bad exactly because it effectively provides none of them, while DRM and 
nonfree webapps are just nonfree programs.

> * GNU welcomes contributions from all and everyone
> We want to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to our efforts on any 
> of the many tasks that require work.  We welcome all contributors…

Many GNU subprojects value ‘recordkeeping’ (per Prof. Moglen [2]) and 
‘protection for FSF’ (per [3]) more than giving anyone an 
opportunity to contribute.   Are you calling for change in priorities?   If 
yes, I would appreciate it, if you name few concrete steps.

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