Re: Packaging Linuxant's driverloader?
MJ Ray <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 2004-01-09 03:48:49 +0000 Joel Konkle-Parker <email@example.com>
> > I guess the meat of my question applies to ndiswrapper
> > <http://ndiswrapper.sf.net> as well. ndiswrapper itself is GPL, but
> > to work
> > properly, requires the Windows drivers for the network devices it is
> > trying
> > to configure. Does this somehow prevent it from going into Debian, or
> > could
> > the package just request those files from a Windows partition or
> > something?
> Does ndiswrapper require them to work properly? The main part of
> ndiswrapper is a kernel module that I think provides an API normally
> found on Windows. The package also provides tools to load and use the
> Windows drivers. Even with no Windows driver loaded, the API is there,
> so it could be seen as "working properly" but unused. As far as I can
> tell, the Windows drivers are not used by the build process at all.
I think it is analogous to Quake. Quake's source is free, but to do
anything useful (or fun) requires the shareware wads. So until
someone actually writes a free driver that ndiswrapper can use, I
would say that it belongs in contrib.
> I await the replies of others wiser than myself with interest.