Shared color profiles

A few days ago I created the shared-color-profiles project. This contains redistributable ICC profiles from different vendors (some free, some non-free). The configure script allows a distro to install just the profile types that are acceptable. In Fedora, that boils down to the profiles in public domain, but we’re hoping to add CC-BY-SA and CC-BY-ND manufacturer submitted profiles really soon. At the moment I’ve added Adobe, Argyll, ECI, ICC and IDEAlliance profiles. A few people are interested in creating profiles for common cameras models, although this would probably be a community supported effort rather than a vendor-supported effort. Anyway, doing this allows us to define proper color working spaces and default spaces to use in applications.

Anyway, if you know of any vendors or standard bodies that have released profiles that allow distribution as part of a combined package, or as CC-BY-foo or public domain then please let me know as a comment on this blog. Thanks.

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Richard has over 10 years of experience developing open source software. He is the maintainer of GNOME Software, PackageKit, GNOME Packagekit, GNOME Power Manager, GNOME Color Manager, colord, and UPower and also contributes to many other projects and opensource standards. Richard has three main areas of interest on the free desktop, color management, package management, and power management. Richard graduated a few years ago from the University of Surrey with a Masters in Electronics Engineering. He now works for Red Hat in the desktop group, and also manages a company selling open source calibration equipment. Richard's outside interests include taking photos and eating good food.

10 thoughts on “Shared color profiles”

  1. I think you do some great work. Nice job pulling all this stuff together into a comprehensive user solution.

  2. Thank you for doing this!

    One request, for the benefit of distributions like Debian that would otherwise need to split the source package themselves: would you consider splitting the non-free color profiles into another package?

    1. Depends how you define free. The licences range from borderline evil to just a shade from free. It’s up to the distro to supply the suitable –enable-foo arguments to define the “free” package, and then the opposite arguments to define the non-free package.

        1. Depending on the exact licensing terms, the non-Free profiles may have to be removed from the source tarball in Fedora as well. E.g. if redistribution is not permitted, we can’t redistribute the files as part of the source tarball either.

          1. I’ve split the repos into shared-color-profiles and shared-color-profiles-nonfree. There’ll be two different tarballs now too.

  3. Hi Richard,
    thanks for your hard working.

    I wonder how to apply its effort on boot rather than launching gnome-color-manager every time after booting.

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