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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 08:46 -0500, Michael Poole a écrit :
> > > Please stop these lies. I repeat: technical solutions do exist. For
> > > hardware unnecessary at installation's first stage, it is only a matter
> > > of making non-free available. For hardware necessary for the first
> > > stage, it would be possible to make the installer load udebs from
> > > alternate sources, but the people who'd be interested in it are
> > > spreading lies on debian-devel instead of working on the code.
> > 
> > Exactly what is the "technical solution" for installing drivers for
> > firmware-requiring hardware if you only have Debian proper (i.e. main)
> > available?  That is the situation I described, and I really do not see
> > any technical solution for it, no matter how much you call it a lie.
> > 
> > If installation media for Debian must include arbitrary bits of
> > non-free, it makes the distinction between "main" and those bits
> > rather pointless and arbitrary.
> Given how the debian-installer works, it would be possible to make it
> use optional, alternate sources for udebs. IIRC, it was planned from the
> beginning but nobody took the time to implement it. That'd be what I
> call a technical solution.

In other words, exactly as I said: if the user only has Debian, the
hardware will not be usable.

Michael Poole

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