Re: Question about linux-wlan-ng-firmware in main
On Mon, May 29, 2006 at 09:40:01PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Simon Richter <Simon.Richter@hogyros.de> writes:
> > Hi,
> >>>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:
> > Hm, that is close to the case of mISDN's "loadfirm" utility. The
> > consensus back then was that splitting off a (free) firmware loader
> > from a free package was not worth the effort required (after all,
> > we're not violating licenses here); also IMO it is a bit
> > counterproductive, as people wishing to write free firmware would have
> > to get the firmware loader from contrib then.
> > Simon
> But does it have any use without the non-free firmware? Only then can
> you close an eye and let it stay in main due to its other functions.
Sure. Only few models really need the firmware. For example my DWL-122
USB stick works fine without the 'non-free' firmware.
Thanks for the answers.