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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

On 2/20/06, Robert Millan <rmh@aybabtu.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
>   drivers.
>   - 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.


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