[sane-devel] Please give me some help to solve the license issues in using sane

Nicolas nicolas.martin at freesurf.fr
Sat Jun 7 18:18:56 UTC 2008

> On Thursday 05 June 2008 23:55, Daniel Glöckner wrote:
> > Last year Canon released Linux drivers for the MP scanners that require a
> > closed source module. We have never heard of anyone successfully using this
> > driver. On the other hand there is the open source pixma driver that is
> > actively developed to handle the same scanners.
>    I've installed the Canon drivers for the MP520 on SuSE Linux and that device
>  seemed to work fine, though I must say it was a very brief test - not exhaustive or even systematic.

A bit of clarification:
Canon released a packaged frontend+backend named scangearmp. This
program works fine as a whole, independently from SANE, with a few pixma
models only.

Among this package, there are some files named libsane-canon_mfp.* ,
which look like a closed source SANE backend. 
But as Daniel pointed out, never heard about any successful experience
in using these files with SANE. And I'm wondering whether they really
conform to the SANE standard ... 


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