Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main
On 2/20/06, Robert Millan <email@example.com> wrote:
> I requested that ndiswrapper and ndiswrapper-modules-i386 be moved to contrib.
This proposal is clear enough.
> My reasons are:
> - The sole purpose of these packages is allowing the use of non-free Windows
> - There are no free Windows drivers for this interface, except a port of a
> Linux driver to Windows (cipe), which is only used on native Windows
> platform (since it is pointless to emulate it from Linux, where the original
> cipe is already available).
I'm not sure I agree with this.
When I look at the list of drivers that ndiswrapper supports
I see several that seem to be open source.
You've asserted that none of these drivers satisfy the DFSG,
but I think we would need more than an assertion on this issue.
As a specific counter example, consider
which is a project porting a windows driver to linux. This port
appears to be possible because the windows driver was made
available under a free license.