9.1 Proposal: Printing support

Eben Eliason eben.eliason at gmail.com
Mon Oct 20 11:34:27 EDT 2008

Peter Krenesky (CC'd) from the Open Source Lab at Oregon State has
discussed some printing basics with me, and may have already begun
further research in this area.  There is some info in the wiki on the
subject: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Enabling_CUPS,
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Printing_Design, but I'm not sure how far
along any hacking has actually gotten.

- Eben

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 4:24 PM, C. Scott Ananian <cscott at laptop.org> wrote:
> We should consider adding basic Print support for 9.1.  In the past
> this has foundered on questions like, "what brand(s) of printers?
> what connection mechanism?"  It seems impossible to support every
> printer and every connection mechanism in a reasonable amount of NAND
> space.
> *But*, we should be able to:
>    *  Print postscript (or pdf, or whatever, just pick *one*) to
> school server via CUP (IPP?), and install a "decent selection" of
> printer drivers on the school server. Control panel for 'default
> printer name', fixed to 'XS' by default.
>    * Add basic printing support to Write, Read, and Browse; set
> PRINTER env variable.
>    * for future, add support to Paint, Record, etc.
> for 9.1.
> Again, I can give a quick talk just restating the above, and hopefully
> spurring a discussion about how much work this would or would not be
> and whether we can afford to do this for 9.1 (or can't afford not to
> do it), but I'd love it if someone would volunteer to 'own' the issue
> and make a more concrete proposal, present a demo, investigate other
> issues involved, etc.
>  --scott
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