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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

Adam McKenna <adam@flounder.net> writes:

> On Mon, Feb 27, 2006 at 04:25:01PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
>> So I'm still at a loss; the only use of ndiswrapper, on a
>> free-software-only system, seems to be CIPE.  Is that correct, or is
>> there some other?
> There are plenty of others to be dreamed up.  AFAIK, nobody is compiling
> evidence that any of those others are actually being done, however, the
> ndiswrapper-in-main proponents (including myself) are arguing that that is
> beside the point.  Packages are not required to be useful in order to be in
> Debian.

The definition of "contrib" is that it is for a package which is a
wrapper for non-free-software.

If there isn't any free software for ndiswrapper to wrap, and the
reason we care about having it in the installer is to help support
users who are stuck with non-free NDIS drivers as the only way to get
their hardware working (and I think this is an *excellent* reason to
have it in the installer, btw), it sure seems like its purpose is to
wrap non-free software.

Maybe I could understand your point better if you could give me an
example of a wrapper for non-free software which you *do* think
belongs in contrib, so that I can understand what's different about
that case and ndiswrapper?


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