PrintingImprovements

Revision 1 as of 2006-06-19 14:20:50

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Summary

Mandriva's printing guru Till Kamppeter wanted to meet us in Paris to exchange some ideas and knowledge about the printing stack (cupsys, foomatic, gutenprint, etc.). So this is rather a meta-spec to allocate discussion time. From this, several concrete specifications may arise.

Rationale

Printing in Ubuntu is currently in a pretty bad shape: we have a lot of regressions wrt printer model support compared to Breezy, and the Gnome UI is getting obsolete.

Use cases

Scope

Design

Implementation

Code

Data preservation and migration

Outstanding issues

BoF agenda and discussion

  • find people interested in doing printing maintenance in Ubuntu, since we currently do not have knowledgeable people
  • improving printer bug triage: a lot of bugs are ignored right now, and we saw a huge number of regressions compared to Breezy (with an older cups and gutenprint).
  • investigate alternative printer management UI solutions; g-cups-manager is abandoned upstream, lacks dbus/hal integration for proper hotplug support and automatic configuration.
  • in the last printing summit the attendees agreed to a new and open standard to replace the current PPD format (doko: please fill in some details), but again implementation lacks manpower.


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