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GNU Social Contract version 1.0

From: Andreas Enge
Subject: GNU Social Contract version 1.0
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:03:07 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.12.1 (2019-06-15)

Hello all,

just a public heads-up on progress on the GNU Social Contract. Following
our initially announced timeline, we had put online the first draft at the
end of January. The goal of the document is to formulate a common core set
of values for the GNU Project, on which we can jointly build to form a
stronger community. It is both an agreement among us, GNU contributors, and
a pledge to the broader free software community. Additionally, we think it
can be a first step towards formalising a transparent and collective
governance of the GNU Project.

We received a number of questions and suggestions on the first draft of the
document, witnesses to our collective approach to shaping a document that
can help us go forward together. We discussed all the input with great
care; it is documented, together with the adopted resolutions, at:

The result of all this is version 1.0 of the GNU Social Contract, see

We believe that the outcome is an even snappier document, which lays out
our common foundations even more clearly, and thank everyone of you who
contributed to improving it.

We have invited all GNU maintainers to send a message until February 24,
the end of the endorsement period, to endorse this version 1.0 of the
GNU Social Contract, or to declare they do not wish to adhere to it.
The current status is maintained at:

Happy “I Love Free Software” day, and thank you for supporting GNU!


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