[sane-devel] LSB DDK: Support for scanner drivers/SANE into LSB 3.2?
rene at exactcode.de
Fri Jun 22 10:14:09 UTC 2007
On Friday 22 June 2007 12:01:11 Till Kamppeter wrote:
> René Rebe wrote:
> >> SANE developers, WDYT about SANE getting into the LSB? Are you willing
> >> to provide API documentation and testing procedures?
> > Some of us (read including me) are interested in this standardization
> > efford, while others plan to reinvent the SANE wheel with a 100%
> > incompatible SANE2 for about 5 years or so, now.
> Hase the SANE2 development actually started? What are the limitations of
Don't think so.
> the current SANE framework? Is there no possibility to overcome them
> without creating completely new driver and application APIs/ABIs?
I think SANE 1 is pretty fine and in too wide use to abondone. Features
of new scanners, such as JPEG and infrared frames can easily be added
without breaking anything, just new types.
I think most SANE 2 jadda jadda is driven by some "let's rewrite everything
so that it looks prettier" without thinking about the aspects like:
- enforcing all application support to be rewritten
- probably loosing a lot of old driver noone will port to SANE 2
- not enough volunteers to rewrite everything from scratch
which is possibly why no SANE 2 code despite a lot of SPEC talking
has seen the wild, yet.
> > Having the SANE API in the LSB is certainly a big step forward in future
> > end-user experience with Desktop Linux, it certainly also makes it harder
> > to rectify an incomtiable rewrite of SANE just for the sake of it.
> I would appreciate the cooperation from the SANE developers to get SANE
> into LSB 3.2, as only adding this adds the same possibilities for
> scanners which we have now with the LSB DDK for printers. See
As a company having Open Source scanning solutions in production,
and helping other companies to do so I appreciate this efford and would
help - however I can only do so if SANE 2 development does not throw
all away that we built up the last 10 years.
René Rebe - ExactCODE GmbH - Europe, Germany, Berlin
http://exactcode.de | http://t2-project.org | http://rene.rebe.name
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