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Re: non-free firmware: driver in main or contrib?

Matthew Garrett wrote:

> Nathanael Nerode <neroden@twcny.rr.com> wrote:
>> If the driver does not provide any significant functionality without the
>> firmware, it belongs in contrib.
>> If there are some cards which the driver drives which work without the
>> firmware, it can go in main.
> Nowadays very few drivers will work without the presence of non-free
> software.

(For the sake of argument, I'll treat this as true and go from there.)

How sad that very few drivers belong in independent packages in "main".

There is a general rule for drivers (and other stuff) which would normally
be 'contrib', however.  If the driver is only part of the package, and some
significant part of the package works without the non-free software, then
the driver can be included in the package in "main".  But you knew that.

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