Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main (was: Bug#353277: should be in contrib)
On Sat, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:40:26AM +0100, Robert Millan wrote:
> Because it's free software that processes asm input, and there is a significant
> amount of useful, free i386 asm that makes nasm necessary ?
> I'll ask again: Is the purpose of ndiswrapper running non-free drivers? If it
> isn't, show me a free, non-toy, non-POC driver that would prove otherwise.
This is beside the point.
IMHO, the main purpose of contrib is to avoid shipping things on CD that
depend on programs in non-free. It is not a section that we put programs in
in order to 'punish' them for depending on non-free code.
ndiswrapper doesn't depend (in a control file sense) on stuff in non-free, so
there's no reason it can't go in main. In fact, since it would be
tremendously useful to be able to activate wireless ethernet devices with
non-free drivers (from floppy/cd) during the install process, I'd say that
it makes even more sense for ndiswrapper to go into main (and maybe even
Adam McKenna <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>