[sane-devel] SANE2, what do we want ?
m. allan noah
kitno455 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 17:03:47 UTC 2008
On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 12:52 PM, Julien BLACHE <jb at jblache.org> wrote:
> Lei Chen <Raymond.Chen at Sun.COM> wrote:
> >> agreed. if i were to make sane2 myself, i would change the license to
> >> straight GPL3.
> > Why not LGPL? Is LGPL not so straight for libraries and dynamic
> > objects? The current license makes thing complex. People have to pay
> > close attention to GPL libraries and backends, with or without that
> > exception claiming, in SANE.
> All backends in SANE are GPL + exception, which is roughly equivalent
> to the LGPL.
> Relicensing SANE is not possible, because quite a few copyright
> holders cannot be reached to obtain permission.
Julien is correct of course, but you asked why would i do that if i
had the chance?
Because we are routinely asked about things like descreening or color
correction- problems which have been solved long ago, with code that
is now lost to us, because it was only delivered as a binary.
Reinventing the wheel over and over, just because some now-dead
company decided that some text was secret is a stupid waste of human
Using the LGPL allows that trend to continue, with proprietary
front-ends, and proprietary backend 'plugins'.
"The truth is an offense, but not a sin"
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