Posted Jul 23, 2007 5:54 UTC (Mon) by ringerc
In reply to: UIO: user-space drivers
Parent article: UIO: user-space drivers
Some printer drivers are implemented in userspace and are not GPL.
The Samsung monstrosity recently covered by LWN is one such example. Another is the CUPS filter & backend shipped with the Xerox CentreWare suite, which is a living fossil, complete with dropping its self into random bits of /usr .
This issue concerns me too. On one hand, I'd prefer a closed source driver to no driver much of the time. On the other hand, if it's a bad driver it's not much better than no driver at all, and lacking the ability to fix or debug it because it's just a binary blob would be seriously annoying.
Hopefully this won't lead to a large surge in closed source userspace drivers. Still, if it does, at least they'll have to work harder to bring the machine down.
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