[Printing-summit] Presentation of LSB DDK/creating distribution
independent printer driver packages on the LF Summit
till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 12:05:45 PDT 2007
with this posting I want to express especially that in the printing
session of the Linux Foundation Summit in Mountain View (June 13-15,
printing on June 15) I will present the LSB Driver Development Kit for
easy packaging of printer drivers and making them available on the
OpenPrinting web site so that the distribution's printer setup tools can
automatically download and install them when they detect an appropriate
So the meeting is especially important for printer manufacturers and
printer driver projects. Everyone from these areas who reads this
posting but not being invited yet, tell me and I will invite you. If you
are from a printer manufacturer, but have nothing to do with driver
development or packaging, please tell me who are the right persons and
give me contact info (with e-mail address) so that I can invite them.
The advantages of the driver packages are:
- Distribution independent: You make one package for Linux, instead of
one for Red Hat, one for SuSE, one for Ubuntu, ...
- Binary packages: User does not need to compile, system is also
suitable for closed-source drivers
- Same installation method for alll driver packages -> A printer setup
tool can easily install them automatically.
- One download location at the OpenPrinting site -> Easy to find for
both humans and printer setup tools.
- Driver query API for printer setup tools -> All needed info available:
License, supplier, support contact, print quality indices. So the
setup tool and the user can easily find the driver suiting best for
- Distributions look up drivers at OpenPrinting, so drivers newer than
the distro are available, for updates and for new printer models.
- Driver needs to be made available only at one place (OpenPrinting) and
not at all distros, so granting redistribution permissions of non-free
drivers is much easier.
NOTE: The concept of distribution-independent driver packages supports
also closed-source drivers, but we appreciate much more if you supply
drivers as free software.
These are many arguments which help you to reduce effort and costs for
distributing printer drivers and making your printers "just work" under
Linux. Please give your suggestions here on the list and/or attend the
OpenPinting Meeting on the Linux Foundation Summit.
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