| To: Irish Linux Users Group <ilug at linux.ie>
| Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 11:49:31 -0800
| Quoting Brian Foster (blf at utvinternet.ie):
| > I dunno how well [known] 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.
hum... this does not seem to be case with the EPKowa
software I am using? whilst I've never had any reason
to re-built it, the source appears complete to me; and
there are no strange binaries. that is, I see nothing
which looks like a proprietary core at all, nor can I
find any mention of no-reverse-engineering &tc in the
various files. OTOH, I downloaded the s/w I am using
>2 years ago, and my printer is a (very!) low end USB
model which works just fine with the USB modules in my
stock SuSE kernel; i.e., my info is rather old and there
really isn't much of anything (in my case) to wrap ....
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