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

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On Tue, Feb 21, 2006 at 12:16:23AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> How many have ever used wine to run Free Software?

I have.  FWIW.

I've also used wine in the process of developing and testing non-free
software.  I think that's a valid rationale for keeping wine in main; we
don't require that people demonstrate word processors being used to create
free documents before we say they can go in main, because using them to
create *non*-free documents is a valid use case, and the Social Contract
only talks about whether we *depend* on non-free stuff -- not whether the
user chooses to use the program for non-free stuff.

The same reasoning potentially applies to ndiswrapper, but I don't think it
makes sense to base this on a hypothetical.  If people *are* using
ndiswrapper for developing drivers -- free or non-free -- then ok.  If we're
just saying it *could* be used that way, then this is rationalization.  I
know ndiswrapper wouldn't be useful to me if I didn't have a non-free
Windows driver to go with it.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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