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Re: Bug#686481: Clarification:

On Thu, 2012-09-06 at 02:32 +0900, Osamu Aoki wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, Sep 03, 2012 at 10:24:30AM -0700, Grant H. wrote:
> > Problem: In 9.7.6. "Non-free hardware drivers" states as follows:
> > ==============================
> > Although most of hardware drivers are available as free software and as
> > a part of the Debian system, you may need to load some non-free external
> > drivers to support some hardwares, such as Winmodem, on your system.
> > 
> > Tip
> > Check available firmware packages with "aptitude search ^firmware" while
> > enabling the non-free repository.
> > 
> > Tip
> > The NDISwrapper can use Windows XP network drivers natively on Linux.
> > Check "aptitude search ^ndis".
> > ==============================
> As I see this problem, this is one of the issue for "separation".

There is another problem with the abovetext - it mixes up non-free
drivers and firmware.  I realise they're both software and we would like
them both to be free software; that's not what I'm arguing.  My point is
that it may lead users to confuse drivers and firmware (which leads to
misfiled bug reports, etc.).

The specific references to NDISWrapper and Winmodem also seem rather
outdated now.


Ben Hutchings
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