[Desktop_printing] Conference call - Printing Summit info

John Cherry cherry at osdl.org
Mon Jan 9 10:01:14 PST 2006

I realize this is fairly short notice, but it makes sense to have a
quick conference call with those that may be attending the Open Printing
Summit to settle on time and location.

Call Time: Wednesday, January 11, 9:00AM (Pacific)
Tollfree: 1-800-211-0633
Toll: 1-719-8670485
Passcode: 951064

Check out the results of the participants survey...


This gives us a general feel for availability, but does not really
identify dates that do NOT work for key participants.  Hence, the call.
If you have not had the chance to provide feedback on your availability
for the summit, the survey will remain open until we hold the conference


Since the text fields cannot be viewed to keep personal data
confidential, the following information might be of interest to the
group concerning a possible venue and additional agenda items (already
discussed on the mailing list).

Possible venue
Ricoh Corporation
2300 Parklake Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30345 USA

Additional Agenda items
The standard format for print job transfer should be moved from
PostScript to PDF, to have a more powerful format and a format which is
better supported by free software, as free GhostScript is old software
which is not maintained well but XPDF is well-maintained and XPDF people
are more cooperative with the CUPS project. One should add IJS, CUPS,
and OpenPrinting vector interfaces to XPDF to talk with drivers and
modularize the remaining GhostScript compile-in drivers into one
legacy-driver IJS plug-in (GhostScript aware developers needed for
that). A side effect of separating all drivers from GhostScript is also
that by adding IJS, CUPS, and OpenPrinting vector interfaces to Cairo
one could print on embedded systems without memory-consuming high-level
transfer formats (PDF, PostScript).

Certification Program Although many printers work together with Linux,
there are many others that do not. For end-users, selecting a printer
that works with Linux is a non-trivial process that requires substantial
research with the help of websites such as LinuxPrinting.org. A
certfication and branding program can help to identify Linux operating
systems and printer hardware that are guaranteed to work together.
Discussion items for printer vendors and OSVs: * Is your organisation
interested in participating in a certfication program for printers? In
what role? * What is the primary value that a certification program
should bring to your organisation? And for participants in general: *
What should the technical requirements and criteria be wrt certification
of printer drivers on one hand and Linux OS'es on the other.

Color management Color management :-) Color management :-) :-) Extended
precision printing Extended driver attributes (e. g. curves)

John Cherry
Initiative Manager

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