Quoting Brian Foster (blf at utvinternet.ie):
> I dunno how well know it is, but Epson does provide utilities and
> "drivers" for printers et.al., as (as far as I can recall) under the
> GPL; at any rate the source is (was?) available for free (as in beer).
Just for the record, it's actually the same, currently very popular
dodge indulged by Nvidia, Conexant, Lucent, etc., where the key
functionality is provided in a proprietary, binary-only module that
you're allegedly prohibited from reverse-engineering, etc. _Wrapper_
software surrounding that core -- the parts that don't matter much --
gets issued under open-source licence terms.
In general, though, Epson has given better-than-average cooperation with
the open-source community, and many of its printers (even inkjets) are
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