Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:23 UTC, submitted by wibbit
Apple Apple has bought the CUPS code base, and has hired it's lead developer. "CUPS was written by Michael R Sweet, an owner of Easy Software Products. In February of 2007 Apple Inc. hired Michael and acquired ownership the CUPS source code. While Michael is primarily working on non-CUPS projects, he will continue to develop and support CUPS, which is still being released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms."
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By providing closed drivers to OSX for a piece of hardware the chances of an open driver for that hardware being developed go down. The "Surface area" of affected users (users who have the printer but no driver) is suddenly much smaller--because, obviously, OSX users are more likely to attach printers than Linux users, given the server/desktop percentages of each)--so the incentive for independant development of an open driver is greatly reduced.

This is teh "Should Linux allow binary drivers?" debate all over again. Binary drivers might get you hardware support in the short term, but in the long run it's better to go without them to encourage development of open drivers--even with poor initial quality.

Would Open Office have as large a development effort behind it if Microsoft Office were available for Linux? No, because there would be much less demand.

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