[sane-devel] Epson Perfection V500 Photo

Olaf Meeuwissen olaf.meeuwissen at avasys.jp
Sun Nov 6 23:55:45 UTC 2011

"Ronald F. Guilmette" <rfg at tristatelogic.com> writes:

> In message <87fwi43zbq.fsf at avasys.jp>, 
> Olaf Meeuwissen <olaf.meeuwissen at avasys.jp> wrote:
>>WRT FreeBSD support, may I suggest you submit a support request[2] so we
>>get concrete info on how badly people want this.
> I'm not sure that I understand your request.  Could you elaborate?

Submit a support request saying you want to use your V500 scanner with
FreeBSD but that the current iscan packages + interpreter package don't
work.  The decision makers don't read the mailing list.  They do get an
overview of the support requests we get.  *You* have to put your issue
on *their* radar.

> I mean I want it.  I want it bad.  How bad?  On a scale from one to ten?
> Well, you know, I suppose that there are many things in this life that I
> want more... youth, good looks, lots of money...


> If you are thinking that many other people will suddenly arise from out of
> the woodwork to clamor for a FreeBSD port of your driver, once I have formally
> done so, well I seriously don't think that's realistic.  It's clear that
> FreeBSD doesn't have nearly the market penetration of Linux at this point,
> so there is never going to be a numerically huge demand.  But those of us
> who use FreeBSD sure would think kindly of your company if you helped us
> on on this.

No, that's not what I'm thinking but if you don't get your issue on the
radar of those who decide what get's done and what doesn't, it won't
even be considered.

> [...snip...]
> P.S.  If you guys already have the code to make this work, then why not just
> do a FreeBSD port and release it as "unsupported"?  I cannot imagine that
> doing that would take much work on your part.  I mean it isn't as if Linux
> and FreeBSD are such radically different environments.  In fact they are
> virtually identially in most respects.  And also, as I understand it, access
> to this typr of scanner on FreeBSD is now performed exclusively through a
> low-level thing called "libusb" which is presenting some sort of nice clean
> API to higher level code that wants to access USB devices.  So if your code
> already knows how to interface to libusb on Linux... well... I mean seriously,
> how hard would it be to just recompile the stuff for FreeBSD and then just
> stick the result on your FTP server under unsupported/ or something like that?
> Of course, if you are willing to do this I'll be more than happy to volunteer
> to be the guinea pig and test the thing out for you and see if it even works.

You might want to include this in your support request.

Hope this helps,
Olaf Meeuwissen, LPIC-2           FLOSS Engineer -- AVASYS CORPORATION
FSF Associate Member #1962               Help support software freedom

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