The goal of this document is to state the core values GNU
maintainers and uploaders and contributors 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. Additionally, we think it can be a first step towards
formalizing a transparent and collective governance of the GNU
> GNU package maintainers have committed to do work to maintain and add
> to the GNU system, but not anything beyond that. We have never
> pressed contributors to endorse the GNU Project philosophy, or any
> other philosophical views, because people are welcome to contribute to
> GNU regardless of their views.
> To change that -- to impose such requirements -- would be radical,
> gratuitous, and divisive
Feedback like this was given by multiple people, and we do not intend
to make endorsing the document a condition for contribution to any GNU
package. The GSC simply defines the core values of the GNU Project.