Bug#451502: hplip is NON-FREE as of 2.7.10
On Fri November 16 2007 05:25:01 am Rick Richardson wrote:
> Package: hplip
> Version: 2.7.10
> "Note: HPLIP is free, open source software distributed under the MIT,
> BSD, and GPL licenses. HP does not provide formal consumer or
> commercial support for this software."
> Unfortunately, this statement is incorrect as of 2.7.10.
> hplip/hpijs since 2.7.10 is not open software anymore.
> It downloads binary libraries and firmware automatically
It looks like it is just the plugins needed for a few printers which
are non-free, HPLIP itself is still GPL.
The user is notified of the situation and asked to accept the non-free
license before anythying is downloaded. i.e.: it is not automatic and no
user will end up in a situation where they've installed Debian and ended
up with non-free software as a direct result.
Some users will need to install a non-free driver (which HPLIP offers to
do) to make full (any?) use of their HP printer, but isn't this much the
same situation that X is in when someone has a video card which needs a
The *.plugin files can be found here:
The code which looks after installing the plugins resides primarily in:
- /usr/share/hplip/setup.py at lines 399-538
- /usr/share/hplip/installer/core_install.py at lines 1257+
I'm not sure if this situation requires: moving HPLIP into contrib, a
notice that `some HP printers require a non-free driver which can not be
distributed by Debian', or if it can simply be ignored.
I'm leaning towards the last option because I don't think HPLIP would be
considered non-free if the drivers were shipped with the printer. It is
only HPLIP's ability to install non-free sowtware IF necessary which brings
this issue to the forefront.
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