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From: "Bruce Roorda" <email@example.com> Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002 12:27:30 -0600 Beyond that, for the system to work, people like us *must* take the rest of the intellectual output of companies like Epson and try to put it to good use. If someone can discover a way to do something that doesn't infringe the patent, he should. If someone can discover a trade secret by honest means, he should. I guess I have to absolutely agree with this. First, just in case there's any confusion, I have no issue with Epson. Epson has in fact been very friendly toward the Gimp-print project; they recognize that our efforts only increase the market for Epson printers, and that's only to their benefit. By and large, I think of them as good guys. Does Epson deserve respect for their printers? Yup. Should you buy their ink, if you think it's the best, or the most cost-effective, or you believe that supporting Epson is the way to go? Certainly. Does Epson have a right to dictate what you may do with a printer, once you buy it? Nope. Progress is almost always incremental. Somebody discovers a new and better way of doing something, and now it's someone else's turn to catch up. In the free software and open source world, all of this is completely visible and nobody questions this. Linus Torvalds may have written the first Linux kernel, and he currently leads the effort (only because people let him), but many of the top Linux kernel hackers maintain their own source trees, and a lot of people use those. If one of those eventually becomes more popular than Linus's tree, well, then Linus either has to adapt or somebody else is going to be the chief maintainer. In fact, one of the measures of how valuable a project is is how many other people take pieces of it and use it elsewhere. Maybe somebody else will do a better job with printer drivers than we're doing on Gimp-print, and maybe that code will even be based on ours, and we'll be the ones joining their project, or trying to do better, or gracefully pulling out and letting somebody else do a better job. -- Robert Krawitz <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.tiac.net/users/rlk/ Tall Clubs International -- http://www.tall.org/ or 1-888-IM-TALL-2 Member of the League for Programming Freedom -- mail email@example.com Project lead for Gimp Print/stp -- http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net "Linux doesn't dictate how I work, I dictate how Linux works." --Eric Crampton - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.