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Re: Bug#648286: ITP: r8168 -- Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)

On 2011-11-12 19:04, Patrick Matthäi wrote:
> @Andreas and Dmitry:
> You may cooperate on packaging or decide, who wants to maintain it in
> the future.

I just revived my old ITP http://bugs.debian.org/642198
and tried to put my things in a git repository:
Only git://git.debian.org/~anbe-guest/r8168.git seems to work so far.

> @Ben:
> I still think this driver should be added as alternative driver to the
> archive, until r8169 will do its job for the promoted PCIIDs correctly.

One possible solution I see would be to upload r8168 to sid (or
experimental) and add a severity=serious bug "r8168 should not enter
testing - let's fix r8169 in the kernel instead" to prevent migration.
Documentation should include detailed instructions how to properly
report bugs for the in-kernel r8169 if it does not work (but r8168 does).

Do I see it correctly that this driver is to be classified as non-free?
The source code says "GPL2+", but 50% of the source lines is something like
    mdio_write(tp, 0x1E, 0x0078);
making this look very 'blobby'.


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