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Re: Endorsing the GNU Social Contract

From: Jan Nieuwenhuizen
Subject: Re: Endorsing the GNU Social Contract
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:28:50 +0100
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Mark Wielaard writes:

> Hi all,
> After several months since our statement that it is time for GNU
> maintainers to collectively decide about the organization of the
> project, we are finally ready for a first small step towards that.
> There was a bit of push back that left us no choice than to setup our
> own space for this project. See Tools for GNU
> maintainers by GNU maintainers.
> But after lots and lots of discussions, a DRAFT proposal and a feedback
> process [*] we finally have:
> The goal of the GNU Social Contract is to state the core values GNU
> maintainers who have endorsed it are committed to uphold.  It is both
> an agreement among us, GNU contributors, and a pledge to the broader
> free software community.

Thank you all for working on this.

> If you are a GNU maintainer and do support this initiative please reply
> to this email, Reply-To set, (preferably signed with your OpenPGP key)
> stating:
>   I, maintainer of package X, endorse version 1.0 of the GNU
>   Social Contract, available at
>   <>.
> You will then be listed here:
> <>

I, a maintainer of GNU Mes and GNU LilyPond and a developer on GNU Guix
and GNU 8sync, endorse version 1.0 of the GNU Social Contract, available
at <>.

> You might have seen that this initiative is not supported by Richard
> Stallman. Nevertheless, we consider it a legitimate action by and for
> GNU maintainers to collectively define the core values we believe GNU
> stands for.

Of course it is a personal choice for every one of us whether or not to
uphold these basic GNU values.  I know that GNU maintainers are not
required to adhere or uphold even any free software values and I must
say that was pretty shocked when I learnt that, but it makes me happy to
be able to make this commitment of freedom towards our users.


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