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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 05:36:13PM +0100, Robert Millan wrote:
> I requested that ndiswrapper and ndiswrapper-modules-i386 be moved to contrib.

ndiswrapper is a program to allow users to load Windows drivers for their
hardware and use them on Linux. The drivers are executed on the main CPU;
there are no free drivers that ndiswrapper is useful for, apart from a
single example driver that is a port of a driver already in the kernel.

We currently allow both emulators, that play non-free ROMs, and clients
for network protocols for which there is no non-free server into main.

ndiswrapper was accepted into main in November 2004.

AFAICS, this would come under the "overrule a developer (3:1 majority)"

> The maintainer refuses to move it unless you rule a formal decision or a
> consensus is reached.  I think the latter is impossible, and therefore I ask you
> to consider the issue.

While I would personally rather see the "contrib" demarkation cover
this, emulators, and clients for propietary protocols, I'm disinclined
to override both the maintainer and the ftpmaster that accepted it,
particularly on this single issue rather than as a global policy change
for those issues. I expect I'll either abstain or vote against.


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