[Openicc] colord 0.1.6 released!

Chris Murphy lists at colorremedies.com
Fri Apr 29 08:50:53 PDT 2011

On Apr 26, 2011, at 1:49 AM, Jan-Peter Homann wrote:

> question to the LINUX geeks:
> 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 ?

Well, in theory we should soon get to a point with UEFI replacing BIOS based hardware, and instead of operating system specific video drivers, we get much more simple generic operating system drivers that plug into the more complex EFI driver which is operating system independent. Thus the heavy lifting of the driver should be done at the EFI layer, not kernel layer. In theory anyway.

My impression of the USB spec is that it's rather straightforward on all platforms in terms of the communication between a user process, and device. So I'm a little mystified why a measuring device manufacturer wouldn't built a reference or SDK that makes it easy to support their device on any platform. Even if it's "only" two platforms they intend to target, that's 100% more work to support two. But what I see in the latest X-Rite software aren't so much libraries for measuring devices, but now xrdd (daemon process) which is effectively a monolithic faceless application with probably even more platform dependencies than a simpler driver. 

Chris Murphy

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