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

On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 05:10:42PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 19, 2006 at 03:14:40AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > It is already possible to use ndiswrapper without having any non-free
> > software installed. Granted, it doesn't do much useful that way, 
> If you have to differentiate between "able to be used" and "useful",
> you don't have a point.

What if I'm interested in writing such a driver myself, but less
interested in having to run Windows?

> > but a)
> > neither the DFSG nor the SC say anything about usefulness, and b) if a
> > free library package exists in main which no other free package uses it,
> > we don't move the free library package to contrib either.
> If it's only useful for non-free software, we should probably consider it.
> More likely, it's not useful at all, and we should consider dropping it
> entirely. How many libraries do we have in this state?

apt-cache rdepends libstdc++2.10-glibc2.2

Gee, only -dev, -dbg and gcc packages. Isn't that for non-free software?

It's very easy, really. "Requires the use of non-free software" is a far
cry from "only non-free software requires this software". You need
wheels to use a car; you don't need a car to use wheels.

Fun will now commence
  -- Seven Of Nine, "Ashes to Ashes", stardate 53679.4

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