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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

This one time, at band camp, Thomas Bushnell BSG said:
> Stephen Gran <sgran@debian.org> writes:
> > ndiswrapper is a piece of free software.  It does not need non-free
> > tools to build, and it will execute as a standalone app without any
> > drivers.  The fact that most people use it to enable non-free
> > drivers to work is largely irrelevant - most people use wine and
> > various other emulators for similar purposes.
> >
> > We have historically allowed all of these in main because we have
> > defined the criteria for main in the SC and the DFSG.  Repeatedly
> > over the past year or two, several people have been trying to
> > incrementally rewrite the foundation documents by stealth through a
> > slow process of arguing for new interpretations of what these
> > documents meant.  I see this entire thread as yet one more attempt
> > at this incremental revisionist work, and it is worrisome.
> If you are arguing that people are acting in bad faith, then please
> take the argument elsewhere.  I find far more worrisome this attitude
> that other developers are lying.  I trust my fellow developers to be
> honest with me; if you do not, please do not infect threads with such
> suspicions.

I said neither that anyone was lying, nor that they were acting in
bad faith.  I think that they are working for something they believe
in and that they are going about it poorly.  We have a procedure for
changing what the foundation documents say, and it is not by filing
bugs or appealing to the tech ctte.  If people want the SC to say "We
will never make the system require the use of a non-free component,
and additionally we will not include in our main distribution software
that is mostly used for running non-free code", I think they should just
say so, rather than trying to advance that agenda in round about manner.
|   ,''`.                                            Stephen Gran |
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