[sane-devel] Re: ISCAN 1.10.0 and Mandrakelinux Cooker

Julien BLACHE jb@jblache.org
Thu, 19 Aug 2004 16:06:10 +0200

Johannes Meixner <jsmeix@suse.de> wrote:

> Whom at Epson Kowa must we contact to convince them that
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> The advantage for the ... manufacturer is that he will receive  
> comprehensive Linux support for his devices in all products ...    
> on all hardware platforms for which these products are available   
> and for new versions of the products ... without any extra expenses
> for the ... manufacturer.
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> see (the general ideas apply also for scanners):
> http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2003/11/jsmeix_print-info-for-manufacturers.html

>From my previous mails with Olaf, ISTR that Epson doesn't own the IP
on the proprietary bits, or something similar.

In other words, this will never be free...

Anyway, it'd be nice to have a version of the epkowa backend
distributed without the binary libs, with the proper #ifdef's in
place, so it could at least be packaged and distributed :)

A description of what the binary libs do would also be a good starting
point at rewriting them ;-)


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