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Why does HP keep the device specs proprietary?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on August 24, 2007 10:45 AM

What's so special about "imaging algorithms that HP has developed over the years as intellectual property"? This thing just copies bitmaps to a device, surely? There's no "imaging algorithm" involved. Has anyone asked HP why they want to keep the interface spec of the device secret?

What will probably happen, if this becomes popular, is that some clever programmer will reverse-engineer the interface specification and produce a truly free driver. But this is a waste of the time of a talented person, which is always a net loss to everybody.


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