[sane-devel] BRSCAN and BRSCAN2 drivers legal and porting questions

m. allan noah kitno455 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 20:47:33 UTC 2008

On 2/24/08, Predrag Punosevac <punosevac72 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Developers,
>  I was wondering if it would be legally possible to include BRSCAN and
>  BRSCAN2 drivers for Brother all-in-one and scanner devices into the SANE
>  backhands.
>  The source code for both drivers is released and I tried to compile on the
>  OpenBSD. The compilation fails but it looks to me that it could be fixed.
>  Could you get out of them the information about the Linux libraries used
>  by the binaries.
>  If they use only static libraries those binaries should work on any of
>  *BSD flavours no questions asked.
>  Most Kind Regards,
>  Predrag Punosevac
>  P. S. I am not on the list so please include cc in correspondence with me.

these drivers have a couple of binary libraries inside them, which, in
addition to missing their source code, are under a license
incompatible with the GPL. this backend cannot be included in sane.
now, if someone reverse engineers those libraries...

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