[Openicc] colord 0.1.6 released!

Richard Hughes hughsient at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 01:25:09 PDT 2011

On 26 April 2011 08:49, Jan-Peter Homann <homann at colormanagement.de> wrote:
> I think, that direct support of measuremnts equipment makes a lot of sense
> for a LINUX colormanagement framework.

Yes, I think so too. Doing an initial profile and then refining the
profile on subsequent runs is a much quicker experience for the user.

> Graeme, could you imagine to make the ArgyllCMS code for support of
> measuremnt instruments available to colord / Oyranos ?

I think there's a licensing issue that would hurt both colord and
oyranos in that argylcms is currently a mixture of AGPLv3-type
licenses. At the moment, gnome-color-manager execs the argyllcms tools
directly in a VTE widget and screen scrapes for data as direct linking
would be a pretty major legal headache. I've asked Graeme for the
reverse engineered specifications he has on each instrument, but he
figures that's a lots of his IP there, which I can kinda understand.

> I think dealing with measurements instruments under LINUX is comparable with
> dealing with graohic cards. Is there an example avilable, where a vendor for
> graphics cards changed his licensing policy to open source drivers and sells
> more graphic cards to the LINUX community ?

I think it basically boils down the the legal team, rather than any
common sense.

> Background of my question is the communication with X-Rite. I think if we
> can provide examples, that a more open licensing politic leads increases the
> amount of sold units, this will help much to solve the ongoing problems with
> support for X-Rite instruments under LINUX.

Well, isn't X-Rite now owned by Pantone? Pantone has the reputation of
being quite aggressive protecting IP.


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