Megascanner drivers (was Re: Options arising from scanner tech...)

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Sat May 07 2005 - 13:04:22 CDT

"You can have good, fast, and cheap. Pick two."--Engineering
proverb.

On Saturday 07 May 2005 09:38, Jim March wrote:
> Drivers and long-term support: it strikes me that there's
> almost certainly no Linux drivers available for these
> scanners.  

The place to find out is SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy)
http://www.sane-project.org/
Details on Canon scanners are at
http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html#Z-CANON
Given some basic internal information, particularly what chip set
the scanner uses, they can come up with drivers without too much
trouble.
http://www.sane-project.org/contrib.html

Now let's see...You were looking at a Canon DR-9080C. Here you
go.
"DR-9080C SCSI unsupported Probably not supported. High-speed
pass-trough (ADF) color scanner. Similar to DR-6080C, but can
scan in color."

Here is the one high-speed scanner listed at
http://www.scanstore.com/scanning/document_imaging/peripherals/scanners/adf/ADF_Scanner.asp
"KV-S2065L 62ppm B&W Duplex 8.5x14" - KV-S2065L
Panasonic KV-S2065L 62ppm B&W Duplex 8.5x14" Specs $5525"

for which SANE lists Linux drivers.
"KV-S2065L SCSI good" (meaning good but not complete support)

Specs
http://www.panasonic.com/office/templates/PDIC_BuyNow.asp?Category=1063&ModelNo=kv-s2065l
300 page feeder
daily duty cycle 8800 pages

62 ppm is nominally 3720 pph.

> We'll have to do our own?  And Canon will no doubt
> come up with later hardware models down the road that will
> need, you guessed it, more drivers (or at least tweaked
> drivers).
>
> But there may be an opportunity here.  We might want to
> partner up with a company that's in the Linux business and
> would have an interest in megascanner drivers being available.
>  We do an initial driver for the current model and then we cut
> a deal with Red Hat, Novell or ??? to offload scanner driver
> support onto them as a long-term thing.  Or maybe even partner
> with Canon, who might have an interest in making sure Linux is
> supported for their megascanners.  

When we can show them or some other manufacturer a market for
some tens of thousands of units every two years in the US, they
should pay attention.

> Maybe a co-development deal
> on the initial driver.  Either way, as long as the scanner
> drivers are open source/GNU/etc we don't need to be constantly
> screwing around with that aspect if we can help it.

Right.

-- 
Edward Cherlin
Generalist & activist--Linux, languages, literacy and more
"A knot! Oh, do let me help to undo it!"
--Alice in Wonderland
http://cherlin.blogspot.com
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