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main or contrib?


Please clarify for me, in which section should go a GPL-licensed package,
which is quite unusable without (but technically not Depends on), er,
obscure blobs of data, usually gathered by a way of sniffing data flow
between a proprietary application and a hardware device, an then
just "replaying"?

The package under my concern is:

Package: eciadsl
Priority: extra
Section: net
Installed-Size: 300
Maintainer: Marco d'Itri <md@linux.it>
Architecture: i386
Version: 0.10-1
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.3.2.ds1-4)
Recommends: ppp (>= 2.4.2+20031002-3), hotplug
Filename: pool/main/e/eciadsl/eciadsl_0.10-1_i386.deb
Size: 137476
MD5sum: aefea4baeafe774bfa5ec792a8ece8bc
SHA1: 250b3c357ad09f2dfbe53d21aa53b97700e61372
SHA256: e898c2642af6975be63428215636b0c7850e7a72f1c4273a07b4d23d72945c47
Description: userspace driver for the Globespan-based USB ADSL modems
 This package contains userspace utilities and daemons necessary to get
 working in Linux the USB ADSL modems based on the Globespan chipset.

It requires a so called "synch" file, which "fits" your ADSL provider, and
load it to your modem during the initialization process. A bunch of ready to
use "synch" files is available for no cost from the eciadsl upstream
(http://eciadsl.flashtux.org/download.php), but not included in eciadsl
package. Seems like all that "synch" data was sniffed from USB on
Windows with proprietary device driver running.

To me, this package should be moved from main to contrib.

Al Nikolov       jid: alnikolov@jabber.ru irc: clown uin: 312108671
pgp fingerprint: 4B50 F1E3 080C 21A2 91F4  8BF0 CD60 3B5A 2ECF 984B

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