[sane-devel] FW: SANE back-end development
Fri, 12 Dec 2003 17:04:28 +1100
On Thu, Dec 11, 2003 at 06:47:10PM -0800, David Chamberlin wrote:
> Does anyone know if it is possible to develop a binary distribution of a
> sane back-end that uses a proprietary protocols and to distribute this
> back-end with sane-backends?
> Can manufacturers that make only binary back-ends advertise "Supported by
> Sane" or "Runs on Linux"?
There is no *technical* reason why this wouldn't be possible, so the
only consideration would be legalities.
My reading of the SANE exception to the GPL is that this is a
reasonable thing to do (although most developers would not personally
approve). However, the SANE exception is more drafted with binary-only
frontends (such as vuescan) in mind. If in doubt get a lawyer to check
Epson already release a SANE-based binary frontend/backend pair:
- Matthew Duggan