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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main

#include <hallo.h>
* Thomas Bushnell BSG [Mon, Feb 27 2006, 12:53:12PM]:

> 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?

I think this is the worst problem. Contrib never has been a section with
strong separation, it is just subjective line that has been drawn
between main and contrib. Therefore this whole thread is almost

However, some people like to define "Debian" just as "main" and use the
main section as the single acceptable set of free software. Which
is, of course, wrong, because requirements for contrib are defined by
DFSG, exactly as for main.

And I have never understood why the apt-setup questions for contrib and
non-free have been put into the same dialog. The only possible reason is
that the users that have deliberately decided to not use non-free
software (because of "political" reasons) should never come in touch
with it and therefore all possible ways that may lead to the "dark side"
should be hidden. OTOH the last action is already a kind of limiting the
freedom of choice. And if not (eg. is explained as something else,
political correctness or whatever) then it still means making life or
users harder and is a violation of DSFG. Pushing users for ideological
reasons sucks.


<miro> ich bin ja auch ein sehr ueberzeugter windoze nutzer
<miro> ja windoze ist toll!
<miro> samba ist scheisse
<miro> ich versteh nicht warum ihr das nicht begreift...

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