Seems to me that "contracts" are all about taking away your freedom, once lawyers get their hands on them. I don't see any need to fix something which is not broken. So why take the trouble?
But then I read a few more lines at the bottom of the proposal. The wording may seem like a preparation for a similar event to what happened very recently at the FSF. And that makes me wonder. Yeah, I know that no one lives forever but can't that bridge be crossed when we get there? El vie., 14 de feb. de 2020 a la(s) 10:35, Ludovic Courtès (l...@gnu.org) escribió: > Dear GNU maintainer, > > Today is “I Love Free Software” day and we want to thank you for being > part of GNU! > > You are receiving this message because you are listed as responsible for > a GNU package in the ‘maintainers’ file on fencepost.gnu.org. If you > think this is inaccurate, or if you no longer want to be contacted about > this initiative, please let us know about it. > > On January 28th, we emailed you regarding on-going work by the authors > of this message to devise a “GNU Social Contract”. The goal of this > 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 > formalizing 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: > > https://wiki.gnu.tools/gnu:gsc-feedback > > The result of all this is version 1.0 of the GNU Social Contract as > appended > below, which can also be seen at: > > https://wiki.gnu.tools/gnu:social-contract > > 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 now invite you to send a message, by February 24th, preferably signed > with your OpenPGP key, to email@example.com (private alias) and > optionally to firstname.lastname@example.org (public mailing list), containing > one of the following statements: > > • I, maintainer of package X, endorse version 1.0 of the GNU > Social Contract, available at > <https://wiki.gnu.tools/gnu:social-contract>. > > • I, maintainer of package X, do not adhere to version 1.0 of the > GNU Social Contract, available at > <https://wiki.gnu.tools/gnu:social-contract>. > > The current status is maintained at: > > https://wiki.gnu.tools/gnu:social-contract-endorsement > > Thanks in advance for your participation! > > - Ludovic Courtès > - Andreas Enge > - Carlos O’Donell > - Mark Wielaard > - Andy Wingo > > ········································································ > > # GNU Social Contract 1.0 > --- > > These are the core commitments of the GNU Project, which creates and > distributes a software system that respects users' freedoms. > > ## The GNU Project respects users' freedoms > > The GNU Project provides software that guarantees to all users the > _Four Essential Freedoms_, without compromise: > 0. The freedom to run the program as they wish, for any purpose. > 1. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does > their computing as they wish. > 2. The freedom to redistribute copies so they can help others. > 3. The freedom to distribute copies of their modified versions to others. > > The GNU Project adopts policies that encourage and enable developers > to actively defend user freedom. These policies include using > _copyleft licenses_, designed to ensure that users’ freedoms cannot be > stripped off, when appropriate. > > Besides upholding the Four Essential Freedoms, the GNU Project pays > attention to new threats to users' freedom, and responds to them as they > arise. > > > ## The GNU Project provides a consistent system > > The GNU Project develops an operating system, the _GNU System_, as well as > a set of applications. Each software component developed by the GNU > Project > is referred to as a _GNU package_. GNU package developers work together to > ensure consistency across packages. > > > ## The GNU Project collaborates with the broader free software community > > The GNU Project works together with other free software projects to > advance its goals, and aims to extend the reach of the project beyond > the GNU System. > > > ## The GNU Project welcomes contributions from all and everyone > > The GNU Project commits to providing a harassment-free > experience for all contributors. It wants to give everyone the > opportunity of contributing to its efforts on any of the many tasks that > require work. It welcomes all contributors, regardless of their gender, > ethnicity, sexual orientation, level of experience, or any other > personal characteristics. > > -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dr. Edscott Wilson Garcia Reservoir Engineering Mexican Petroleum Institute