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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

Mike Hommey <mh@glandium.org> writes:

> On Sat, Feb 18, 2006 at 05:04:54PM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow
>> The availability to do this is enough even if there are other
>> (possibly better) ways to do the same. One free driver _in_ Debian and
>> the package should stay in main.
>> But does the cipe-source build or ship the windows driver for use with
>> ndiswraper? I doubt that.
>> Which means you need some software (even if it is free) from outside
>> Debian for ndiswraper. That makes it contrib imho.
> Are there any free MSWord files in main ? No ? Then please move
> antiword and similar tools to contrib.
> Mike

The difference is that antiword is a tool for the user. The user will
have doc files to use with antiword, e.g. send by mail. The antiword
program on its own provides the user with the ability to view his/her
word files. It does not depend on the existance of such a file on the
system to provide that service.

But users don't get drivers send to them for use with ndiswraper. That
is strictly a system/kernel thing. A driver MUST be provided for
ndiswraper to create a network interface for use in the system. As
such I feel that its need for a driver constitutes a dependency.

But that is just me. Do what you want as long as ndiswraper stays out
of non-free.


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