"…mais ce serait peut-être l'une des plus grandes opportunités manquées de notre époque si le logiciel libre ne libérait rien d'autre que du code…"

Quelques liens sur le développement de pilotes USB sous GNU/Linux: Greg Kroah-Hartman, Daniel Drake, fprint, libusb, pylibusb, lsusb.py, LDD3

Posted by patrick sur mars 22, 2010

http://archive.netbsd.se/?ml=&a=2009-01&t=6220842

FYI, this is a patch that will be sent out in the next round to Linus
for inclusion in 2.6.25.

If anyone has any objections about it, please let me know.

thanks,

greg k-h

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From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Subject: USB: mark USB drivers as being GPL only

Over two years ago, the Linux USB developers stated that they believed
there was no way to create a USB kernel driver that was not under the
GPL.  This patch moves the USB apis to enforce that decision.

There are no known closed source USB drivers in the wild, so this patch
should cause no problems.

Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman

Over two years ago, the Linux USB developers stated that they believed
there was no way to create a USB kernel driver that was not under the GPL.
This patch moves the USB apis to enforce that decision.

The USB subsystem has changed a lot over time, and it has been possible
to create userspace USB drivers using usbfs/libusb/gadgetfs that operate
as fast as the USB bus allows.  Because of this, the USB subsystem will
not be allowing closed source kernel drivers to register with it, after
this grace period is over.  If anyone needs any help in converting their
closed source drivers over to use the userspace filesystems, please
contact the linux-usb-<email removed> mailing list, and the developers
there will be glad to help you out. Greg Kroah-Hartman


linux kernel

linux drivers

usb vendor id (VID), product ID

python usb module

libusb library

fprint library depends on libusb

  • http://www.reactivated.net/ (‘My fprint efforts lead to me adopting the libusb project. I am working on libusb-1.0 which will offer new features allowing for more powerful applications’)
  • http://www.reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Main_Page (« The fprint project aims to plug a gap in the Linux desktop: support for consumer fingerprint reader devices »)
  • http://www.reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Libfprint

    • Written in C
    • Licensed as LGPL-2.1
    • Depends on libusb for USB communication and glib
    • Primarily developed for linux, but should be fairly portable
    • Offers a single API to application developers to access the entire range of supported devices
    • Supports imaging – downloading live fingerprint scans from the device
    • Includes image processing/matching code
    • Supports enrollment/verification – enrolling a print from a known user, and then later comparing a live scan to the enrolled print

		

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