[Printing-summit] printer manufacturer roundtable
olaf.meeuwissen at avasys.jp
Thu Oct 19 22:54:52 PDT 2006
Robert L Krawitz <rlk at alum.mit.edu> writes:
> From: Olaf Meeuwissen <olaf.meeuwissen at avasys.jp>
> Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 11:25:00 +0900
> FYI, PIPS Lite is now 100% GPL'd. The older line of PIPS packages
> will continue to contain non-free bits, AFAIK. Both provide
> drivers for EPSON inkjet printers and all-in-ones.
> What's the difference between PIPS Lite and PIPS?
Not too familiar with the finer details myself, I asked around.
Here's the scoop:
The various PIPS packages contain printer/all-in-one model specific
drivers. The use a binary-only module to get the most out of the
device. That module is released under the terms of the EAPL, all
other bits are (L)GPL.
This is a one-size fits all kind of driver. It includes utilities to
query the device for its capabilities and build PPD files based on the
reply. Because of its one-size fits all approach, it does not provide
as much functionality as the PIPS packages. All PIPS Lite source is
Hope this helps,
Olaf Meeuwissen EPSON AVASYS Corporation, SE1
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