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

Daniel Glöckner daniel-gl at gmx.net
Tue Jun 10 10:57:55 UTC 2008

Hello Wang Mengqiang,

On 10 Jun 08 16:24, Wang Mengqiang wrote:
> For example, you are building the high-way, 

as we are talking about writing drivers, a more obvious analogy comes to mind.
Hardware producers build cars. But these days they don't tell you how to drive
these cars and there are no labels on the controls. Instead they provide a
chauffeur that you must talk to in Spanish. Of course this is not a problem
for the 400 million people that can speak Spanish.

Some would like to drive these new cars themself. They don't care how to build
cars. It's usually the same for all cars anyway. Asking the manufacturers for
the documents that are used to train the Spanish speaking drivers only works in
few cases. Owners resort to spying on the chauffeur and taking the cars apart.
There are manufacturers that want to help these people. But the manufacturers
prefer to do this by training English speaking chauffeurs. Of course this is
no real solution for the French community...

> Perhaps I should think, in my example, the goal of the open source world is
> to establish the free trafic system including high way, auto... or the final
> goal is to establish the extrem free world.

We don't aim for making hardware manufacturers obsolete.
I think they should learn to see their own value in electronics, mechanics,
design, and manufacturing techniques and not in communication protocols.
Few people have the knowledge, tools, and parts to build a scanner.
That's where we need the manufacturers.


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