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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main (was: Bug#353277: should be in contrib)

Josselin Mouette writes:

> Le dimanche 19 février 2006 à 00:30 +0100, Hendrik Sattler a écrit :
> > So let me make it more precise: only source for something that can actually be 
> > compiled and runs on a system's host CPU.
> > Me just doesn't get the rationale behind differing between firmware in a PROM 
> > and firmware that the driver loads into the hardware. There is none.
> I wonder why all people go on trying to build up tons of different
> fallacious reasonings to keep firmwares in main. Non-free is here for a
> reason, we just have to use it. Technical solutions to have the driver
> in the kernel or in contrib, and the firmware in non-free, exist.

Sure.  The unfortunate side effect is that some reasonable fraction of
people who would use those drivers cannot install from install media
that contain only Debian.  They require bits of non-free.  As is often
pointed out, Debian has chosen (twice) to make life hard for those
users.  I guess the preferred solution for them is to just use some
other distribution.

Michael Poole

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