Bug 194236 - FutureFeature: Include ndiswrapper into Core
FutureFeature: Include ndiswrapper into Core
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Brian Brock
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Reported: 2006-06-06 10:48 EDT by Mark Bidewell
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-07-13 00:29:19 EDT
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Description Mark Bidewell 2006-06-06 10:48:51 EDT
The inclusion of ndiswrapper into Core would ease the process of installing
wireless cards into fedora.  as things stand now, a PC must first be connected
to a wired connection and ndiswrapper and its dependencies must be downloaded
before it can be used. Having this available from install would be a great
convienience for users using wireless cards not well supported natively.  I do
not believe that inclusion would violate the FOSS Fedora policy since drivers
would not be included and ndiswrapper is itself FOSS.
Comment 1 Dan Williams 2006-07-09 19:52:30 EDT
Over to the kernel guys, but this is likely going to be rejected unless
ndiswrapper gets upstream into the kernel; Fedora tracks the upstream kernel
quite closely and getting a kernel feature/driver into Fedora usually requires
that it be upstream in Linus' kernel first.
Comment 2 Dave Jones 2006-07-13 00:29:19 EDT
No chance.  This is no different to any other binary module. Once it's used,
debugging any kernel problem becomes a nightmare, as you have *no* idea what the
foreign code has been doing.

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