Debian developers have no less than four issues to vote on this week. The
voting period for all of them closes at the end of the day, October 14,
2006. Hopefully these issues will soon be resolved, however we cannot be
certain because "further discussion" is an option on all of the ballots.
The General Resolution to clarify the scope and applicability of item 2 of
the Debian free software guidelines (DFSG) has gotten a second call for votes. The full text of this
resolution contains all the nitty gritty details, but basically this
one says that the DFSG applies to firmware as well as software.
The next GR (call for votes / full text) covers the
handling of source-less firmware in the Linux kernel. While progress has
been made since the Sarge release in terms of removing source-less/non-free
firmware from the main archive, there is still enough that it comes down to
a choice between removing all of it or releasing Etch on schedule. Since
it will not be possible to do both, this GR provides for the release of
Etch even with kernel firmware issues, or it could grant a special
exception to DFSG2 for firmware as long as required.
Those two votes are intertwined. If it is determined that the DFSG2 has a
narrow focus there will be fewer firmware issues to deal with. Even if the
DFSG2 is given a broad interpretation, the second GR makes it possible to
release Etch on schedule.
The next two GRs are also intertwined. In light of the Dunc-tank
controversy the Debian developers may now vote to recall the project leader or reaffirm support for the project leader.
Anthony Towns has released a caretaking
memo, delegating his DPL duties to various people at least until a decision
is reached. Presumably these people will continue on in case of a recall,
until a new leader is elected.
Once these issues are resolved we can get back to the Bug Squashing
Marathon, currently in progress.
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