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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

Adam McKenna <adam@flounder.net> writes:

> On Mon, Feb 27, 2006 at 08:41:29PM +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
>> On Feb 27, Thomas Bushnell BSG <tb@becket.net> wrote:
>> > Better we spend our time actually supporting the hardware with free
>> > software. 
>> There is almost none. At most you can choose if you want to get your
>> proprietary firmware on board or not.
> Not only that, there are obviously other considerations when buying a laptop
> than whether the wireless card has free drivers or not.  Things such as
> price, combination of features, etc.  Our users shouldn't be forced to buy a
> GNU anointed laptop (if such a thing even exists) in order to get support for
> their devices.

Please keep track of the threads.  Marco pruned crucial context.

Nobody is talking about forcing people to buy anything.  

The current criteria for contrib do not make reference to technical
convenience as a factor.  Perhaps this is a mistake, in which case it
should be corrected.  I'm still unable to see how the classification
of ndiswrapper in contrib somehow causes a major technical
inconvenience.  It can, for example, be put on the first CD.

I certainly do not think that the installer should be limited to
software in main (and perhaps not even software in main+contrib,
provided it still works correctly without non-free things around).

Is that the root issue?  Are there people who insist that the
installer should be limited to things in main?


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