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Hiring a SANE developer for custom backend
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Brandon Anderson
2017-05-23 14:29:48 UTC
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Hey Everyone,

I hope this is the correct area to post, I am looking for estimates in
cost for developing a SANE backend to support the Ambir ImageScan Pro
687ix Card and ID scanner. If developers are interested I can provide
information about the scanner, and remote access to a machine with shell
access to evaluate cost and time estimate. We will be able to ship the
scanner to the developer if needed should the job be accepted. I am
attaching the output of `sudo sane-find-scanner -v -v` let me know if
you need anything else. I am also available on the #sane channel on
freenode under the nick "Brando753" if you want to message me there.

Sincerely,

Brandon Anderson

Output of sane-find-scanner https://pastebin.com/2SPGZL2s
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m. allan noah
2017-05-23 15:02:19 UTC
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You are in the right place.

Your paste indicates that this is a GL848 or later chipset. It could
be supported by the genesys sane backend, which is basically
unmaintained currently. However, you might get lucky and be able to
entice the former maintainer/author to come out of retirement
<***@free.fr>. If not, he has left some documentation at:
https://github.com/stefdev49/syseneg . Hopefully that will enable
someone on this list to take you up on your offer. If it is similar
enough to an existing scanner, support may be simple.

allan

On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 10:29 AM, Brandon Anderson
Post by Brandon Anderson
Hey Everyone,
I hope this is the correct area to post, I am looking for estimates in
cost for developing a SANE backend to support the Ambir ImageScan Pro
687ix Card and ID scanner. If developers are interested I can provide
information about the scanner, and remote access to a machine with shell
access to evaluate cost and time estimate. We will be able to ship the
scanner to the developer if needed should the job be accepted. I am
attaching the output of `sudo sane-find-scanner -v -v` let me know if
you need anything else. I am also available on the #sane channel on
freenode under the nick "Brando753" if you want to message me there.
Sincerely,
Brandon Anderson
Output of sane-find-scanner https://pastebin.com/2SPGZL2s
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Brandon Anderson
2017-05-30 04:06:59 UTC
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Hey Everyone,

So I have not gotten any replies outside of this one, Just curious if
there are any SANE backend developers who can add support for this
scanner? Just want a cost estimate and we can talk about the work for
it. Kind of shock there have been no replies so far.

Sincerely,

Brandon Anderson
Post by m. allan noah
You are in the right place.
Your paste indicates that this is a GL848 or later chipset. It could
be supported by the genesys sane backend, which is basically
unmaintained currently. However, you might get lucky and be able to
entice the former maintainer/author to come out of retirement
https://github.com/stefdev49/syseneg . Hopefully that will enable
someone on this list to take you up on your offer. If it is similar
enough to an existing scanner, support may be simple.
allan
On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 10:29 AM, Brandon Anderson
Post by Brandon Anderson
Hey Everyone,
I hope this is the correct area to post, I am looking for estimates in
cost for developing a SANE backend to support the Ambir ImageScan Pro
687ix Card and ID scanner. If developers are interested I can provide
information about the scanner, and remote access to a machine with shell
access to evaluate cost and time estimate. We will be able to ship the
scanner to the developer if needed should the job be accepted. I am
attaching the output of `sudo sane-find-scanner -v -v` let me know if
you need anything else. I am also available on the #sane channel on
freenode under the nick "Brando753" if you want to message me there.
Sincerely,
Brandon Anderson
Output of sane-find-scanner https://pastebin.com/2SPGZL2s
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Torfinn Ingolfsen
2017-05-30 11:52:01 UTC
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On Tue, May 30, 2017 at 6:06 AM, Brandon Anderson
Post by Brandon Anderson
Hey Everyone,
So I have not gotten any replies outside of this one, Just curious if
there are any SANE backend developers who can add support for this
scanner? Just want a cost estimate and we can talk about the work for
it. Kind of shock there have been no replies so far.
Why is it a shock? Since nobody is paid to work on the SANE project,
my guess is that there isn't anyone of the developers that work on
this full time.
This is a project, not a business.
Which means that those who develops this project do it on their own
free time, when they don't do other interesting or fun things.

Also, it has only been a week since your first post. If you give it
more time, you might get an answer. Or not.

(I'm not a developer, just a user with an interest.)

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Olaf Meeuwissen
2017-05-30 12:08:34 UTC
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Hi Brandon,

I saw Torfinn's reply but wanted to chime in with my take on it.
Post by Brandon Anderson
Hey Everyone,
So I have not gotten any replies outside of this one, Just curious if
there are any SANE backend developers who can add support for this
scanner? Just want a cost estimate and we can talk about the work for
it. Kind of shock there have been no replies so far.
Not all that shocking. I used to work pretty much full-time on EPSON
scanner driver development for Linux. Now I do web development related
work but still hang around here at the SANE project as a *volunteer*.

While I wouldn't mind earning something on the side, my current employer
does not allow that. So I would have to do the work unpaid but I'm not
sure that wouldn't raise an eyebrow at the office (potential conflict of
interest and such). That is also why am I not taking up maintenance of
the various backends that support EPSON scanners (they're unmaintained
at the moment).

Also, there are more fun things to do with my free time than add support
for a scanner. I wouldn't be surprised if most of the SANE developers
feel the same way ;-)

Hope this clarifies a bit and good luck finding any takers,
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Roger
2017-05-30 15:59:27 UTC
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I'll quickly chime in for those that actually work for a living, likely now
have to slave to live nowadays.

As such, many of the hard workers are just simply exhausted. Guess this was
just one of those changes that occurred over the past years; rewarding hard
workers with not rewards, but rewarding with more work.

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