This is a potential revision of the SocialContract, with the following goals:

If you support this endeavour, please add your name and any comments below.


We, the members of the Debian project, make the following pledge:

  1. We will build a free operating system
    • We will create and provide an integrated system of free software that anyone can use. We will make all our work publicly available as free software.
  2. We will build a superior operating system
    • We will collect and distribute the best software available, and strive to continually improve it by making use of the best tools and techniques available.
  3. We will build a universal operating system
    • We will accept the use of our operating system by all users, for all purposes, without discrimination. We will support our users to the best of our ability in all the choices they make, no matter what our opinion of those choices may be.
  4. We will be open about our activities
    • We will conduct our affairs in public and allow anyone to follow our discussions. Where public disclosure is not immediately feasible we will make any private discussions publicly available at the earliest opportunity.
  5. We will respect the community
    • We will ensure that members of the community can easily and effectively contribute their skills and views to the project. We will respect the membership of the community, and ensure that our treatment of their contributions reflects that respect.

Additional notes

It may not be enough to change the SC, it may be necessary to also make some position statements about how the SC is to be interpreted/implemented currently (being aware that as circumstances change, the implementation/interpretation might change too). What position statements might be necessary?

Conflicts with what currently happens

Are there any conflicts with how Debian operates currently? Would we rather change the draft, or change our behaviour?


The following people support the changes in principle (ie, all of the goals, and most of the text):

If you're not a DD (and hence don't get a vote), maybe add an annotation as to whether you're a DM, upstream for some packages, a downstream maintainer (Ubuntu MOTU, etc), or a user.


Various people would like to note the following caveats: