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Re: firmware-nonfree : ipw2200 ?

On Friday 24 October 2008 09:15:10 Frank Lin PIAT wrote:
> Hello,
> [CC'ing since someone may have the answer]
> I have just tested Lenny on a laptop[1] with an Intel Pro Wireless 2200
> chipset. As you probably known the kernel module ipw2200 requires a
> non-free firmware.
> I'm wondering why it hasn't been packaged yet (since that card was
> fairly common).
> The license question was brought to debian-legal[1] and it seems there
> was no barrier.
> Of course, the boring part is that 1. It's non-free and  2. We must
> prompt the user to approve the license.
> - Do you know why the firmware was never shipped in Debian?

There wasn't any firm concensus that the Intel license was acceptable for
non-free at the time I last brought it up.

> - If I provide a patch, do you think if have a chance to be in Lenny?

I don't think any new package would enter Debian Lenny at this time.

> P.S. Kel, do you still have your package's source?

Yeah. It's not really relevant anymore though, because firmware which can
be in non-free should probably bundled into the kernel-team's conglomerate
firmware-nonfree source package.

Thanks, Kel.

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