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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

Stephen Gran writes:

> 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.

Although I think ndiswrapper meets the requirements for main, I think
this presentation misrepresents what the "other" side claims.  Policy
section 2.2.1:

"In addition, the packages in main:
 * must not require a package outside of main for compilation or
   execution (this, the package must not declare a 'Depends',
   'Recommends' or 'Build-Depends' relationship on a non-main

This lists several signs that a package requires another package, but
it is not presented as an exhaustive list.  If you use a broad
definition of "require", it is reasonable to exclude ndiswrapper from
main on the grounds that there are no NDIS drivers in main.  I think
that is a too-broad definition of require, but using it does not
require changing foundation documents.

Michael Poole

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