[sane-devel] SANE2, what do we want ?

Julien BLACHE jb at jblache.org
Tue Apr 1 16:36:07 UTC 2008

Johannes Meixner <jsmeix at suse.de> wrote:


> Did Till write that the LSB standard applies only for
> broken binary drivers?

The LSB tries to ensure binary compatibility between distributions,
which very obviously benefits more to proprietary crap than anything

> For example the epkowa driver from IScan is free software.

No, epkowa is not free software. A large part of the scanners it
supports actually rely on proprietary, binary-only protocol
interpreters shipped as Linux/i386 shared libraries.

If you don't need to use such a scanner, then you don't need to bother
with epkowa, as your scanner is pretty much for sure supported by
either epson, epson2 or snapscan.

> I would appreciate it if there were more free drivers from
> manufacturers but manufacturers ask for reliable standards.
> If SANE1 was LSB, there would be such a reliable standard.

I think SANE1 has proved its stability over the years now. This is
nothing else than a very poor excuse for manufacturers.


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