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Red Hat developer explains open source color calibration hardware

posted onJanuary 31, 2012
by l33tdawg

Color management has historically been a weak area for the Linux desktop, but the situation is rapidly improving. Support for desktop-wide color management is being facilitated by projects like KDE's Oyranos and the GNOME Color Manager.

Red Hat developer Richard Hughes, who started implementing the GNOME Color Manager in 2009, launched a small company last year to sell an open source colorimeter--a hardawre device that is used to perform color calibration. The Linux-compatible device, which is called the ColorHug, will retail for £60 (early adopters can currently order it at a sale price of £48). He has already received a few hundred orders and is building more units to meet the unexpected demand.

Unlike existing colorimeters, the ColorHug is an open hardware design with open drivers and open firmware. The source code and hardware schematics have all been published on Gitorious. In a detailed interview that Banu published this week, Hughes described the project in detail and discussed some aspects of the hardware design.



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