BOF proposed for GUADEC 2008

As I will be on vocation for the next 3 days, so I thought it is best that I submit my BOF (bird of feathers) proposal early. So below is the abstract I have written up.

The GNOME community has not prioritized printing since the last gallant efforts by Alex Larson and John Palmieri back in 2006. With the gradual adoption of GTK+ printing, the GNOME desktop has finally got all its components to use GTK+ print dialog in 2.22.0. With the unified application print dialog at hand, it is about time to move on to the printing tools. Currently, various distros come up with each unique solutions. While the existing tools are usable and are making steady progress, there is no such printing tools endorsed by GNOME as such.

The author proposes the following area for discussion:
\* printer management tool that support major print systems such as CUPS, Windows and LP (with pluggable modules)
\* examine the existing tools to enumerate the major must have and separate into nice to have features. The possible tools for evaluation include, gnome-cups-manager, gnome-cups-add, system-config-printer, and ospm-pm [1].
\* consolidate the (possible) GSOC work on integrated printer management if the project does go ahead.
\* create opportunities for the interested parties to work together.

[1] Most people are familiar with gnome-cups-manager, gnome-cups-add and system-config-printer as these have been around for sometimes. ospm-pm is at an early stage and there are useful features worth sharing.

If you are interested in involving with this work, please drop me a line regardless of whether you are going to GUADEC or not, here or post me a comment :) THANKS!

Comments:

BOF = Birds of a feather

It means a group (birds) that share a similar characteristic (feather).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_a_Feather_(computing)

Posted by bob on March 25, 2008 at 12:50 PM GMT+00:00 #

You may want to check printerdrake from Mandriva.
- support HP AllInOne
- support printer sharing with CUPS
- allow to edit PPD settings
- allow to import custom PPD
- allow to add printers, and detect network printers
- allow to choose between IPP/JetDirect/Raw as protocol

http://doc.mandrivalinux.com/MandrivaLinux/100/en/Starter.html/printerdrake.html

Posted by FACORAT Fabrice on March 25, 2008 at 01:44 PM GMT+00:00 #

I used to work for Epson. Many printers require "status monitors" due to either a lack of buttons, the printer needs to have ink/toner/paper monitored, or there was some sort of mechanical defect.

This is integral to printing. Are there any plans to enhance printing in Gnome to take care of this sort of thing?

Posted by Chris Sherlock on March 26, 2008 at 05:30 AM GMT+00:00 #

@Chris

I believe such functionality would have to be provided either by CUPS or an HAL addon to provide the low level bits.

I don't think either exists. Is the hardware info required to do it available from Epson?

Posted by Rui Matos on March 26, 2008 at 01:07 PM GMT+00:00 #

Sorry for this belated replies. I was away for a few days.

Bob, thanks for including the definition of BOF.

FACORAT, those info on printerdrake is Awesome! Really helpful input also.

Chris, do you know if there is a set of functions/API that Epson might provide so we can access programmatically?

Rui, are you working on something similar in this area or are you simply interested?

-Ghee

Posted by Ghee Teo on March 29, 2008 at 04:49 AM GMT+00:00 #

Hi Ghee,

I've sent an email to your address at sun.com. I'm interested in doing printer management integration in gnome.

Posted by Rui Matos on March 29, 2008 at 01:16 PM GMT+00:00 #

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