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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

Thomas Bushnell BSG writes:

> Look, if the position is that ndiswrapper is, at present, only useful
> with non-free software, but it should, even so, be in Debian main, I'm
> prepared to entertain that possibility.  But I can't even figure out
> what you *are* saying, because everytime I ask, people start getting
> cagey.

Looking at the first packages alphabetically in (main/)admin, one
could ask the same question of a great many packages.  The aboot*
packages assume you have DEC/HP's SRM firmware on your machine.
acorn-fdisk assumes that you have the Acorn RISC OS.  acpid assumes
you have an ACPI-compatible BIOS.  adtool is for a piece of software
written by Microsoft, identified by a trademark registered to
Microsoft.  What is the difference between ndiswrapper and these tools
that assume or require you have non-free software in your system, and
are written to let Debian interoperate with that non-free software?

Michael Poole

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