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

m. allan noah kitno455 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 01:45:25 UTC 2008

On 4/1/08, Olaf Meeuwissen <olaf.meeuwissen at avasys.jp> wrote:
> Julien BLACHE <jb at jblache.org> writes:
>  > Johannes Meixner <jsmeix at suse.de> wrote:
> >> 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.
> The epkowa backend is free-as-in-freedom software.  It is licensed
>  under the terms of the GPL and carries an exception that allows for
>  the use of non-free extensions.

well, i just heard RMS speak again a few days ago, and i can tell you
for sure that this exception means the backend is decidedly NOT
free-as-in-freedom. we could take it up with him if you like...

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