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Question about linux-wlan-ng-firmware in main

Could you please examine this bts entry and give me suggestions.

Please CC me, since I'm not subscribed.


----- Forwarded message from Enrico Tassi <gareuselesinge@debian.org> -----

From: Enrico Tassi <gareuselesinge@debian.org>
To: Dylan Thurston <dpt@math.harvard.edu>, 368857@bugs.debian.org
X-PTS-Package: linux-wlan-ng
X-PTS-Keyword: bts
Subject: Bug#368857: [Linux-wlan-ng-devel] Bug#368857: linux-wlan-ng-firmware: 	Should be 	in contrib

On Thu, May 25, 2006 at 09:25:11AM -0400, Dylan Thurston wrote:
> As I understand it, the sole purpose of this package is to download
> non-free firmware.  This fits into 'contrib', not 'main', since it
> depends on non-free software for its ultimate operation.  Packages
> like this are given as an example of packages for contrib.  From
> Policy 2.2.2:
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>      Examples of packages which would be included in _contrib_ are:
> ...
>         * wrapper packages or other sorts of free accessories for non-free
>           programs.
> ------------------------------------------------------------

Maybe you are right, but before doing the split (see later) I would like
to be sure.

The driver and the orig.tgz is DFSG clean. It works with no firmware on
most adapters.

We removed from the orig.tgz the firmware files (included in the
upstream tgz, a project founded by the chip/firmware producer IIRC)
since there was no license saying: "yes, you can redistribute these

This package includes a 10 lines shell script that uses svn to checkout
the firmware files from the upstream svn repository. For convenience we
put this shell script in the same source package (actually in the diff.gz).

This driver does not need the maybe-non-free stuff, but some users may
be interested in using the firmware files. We could split the source
package in two, one for main and one for contrib, but since I'm not sure
this borderline situation is a real policy violation, I've not done it

In case it is, we will split. But I'm not that sure that this is a clear
policy violation. This is not a wrapper package, nor a package that
depends on a non free external software.

Any idea if a similar package exists in main/contrib?

Enrico Tassi

Linux-wlan-ng-devel mailing list

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Enrico Tassi

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