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The Parabola Social Contract is the commitment that we, the Parabola
project, make to the Free Software community in general and our users in
particular. It is because of this that our social contract will always
follow the philosophy of Free knowledge. All amendments to this social
contract must be faithful to the spirit of the [Free Software
1. **Parabola is Free Software**: Products of the Parabola project
follow the [GNU Free System Distribution
They do not include or recommend non-Free software or documentation
and do not provide any type of support for the installation or
execution of non-Free software. This includes: proprietary software,
binary only firmware or binary blobs.
2. **Parabola is Free Culture**: All documentation and cultural works
included in products of the Parabola project are [Free
Culture](http://freedomdefined.org/Definition), with the exceptions
of: non-modifiable license texts, works under the GNU Free
Documentation License with invariant sections, and works of opinion.
All documentation and cultural works created by or for Parabola are
Free Culture, with no exceptions.
3. **Parabola and other distributions**: Parabola's objective is to
support the Free Software Movement, so we only need to compete
against non-Free software; other Free Software projects are to be
cooperated with, not competed with. Parabola strives to support
other Free Software projects as best we can and any information from
our project is available for anybody who needs it. That includes our
packages and repositories.
4. **Parabola and its community**: Parabola's community is democratic
in its essence, so the community is to be included whenever there is
a need to make a decision. We encourage community participation in
the development of the project.
5. **Parabola and Arch Linux**: Parabola will produce an operating
system that is a Free version of the GNU/Linux system "[Arch
Linux](http://www.archlinux.org/)" and possibly other
Arch-based systems. We will provide repositories and installation
media without any non-Free software. All Parabola operating systems
will be backward compatible with the system they are based on, as to
help liberate already working installations. We will respect the
design philosophies of the systems ours are based on, to reduce
friction from both developer and user viewpoints.