Linux Printing Steps Toward Simplicity

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-06-19 Print this article Print

Linux takes a major step forward in making printers easy to use and making Linux distributions easy for printer vendors to support.

The Linux Foundation last week announced the free availability of the Linux Standard Base Driver Development Kit for print drivers. The DDK provides the tools and resources for printing manufacturers to easily support all Linux distributions with one driver package, greatly reducing the time and effort needed to support Linux, a foundation spokesperson said. This release also aims to streamline printer support and functionality for users through the addition of a web API (application programming interface) connection to the online OpenPrinting database. The goal is for this API to be supported by all major Linux distributions, and thereby enable Linux printer setup tools to automatically find and download printer driver packages, even when there is no local driver available in the distribution.
"We all know we have to make it extremely easy for printing manufacturers to target Linux. This kit will reduce the effort it takes for them to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity Linux represents, and will help users just print while using the Linux desktop and printer of their choice," explained Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation.
As a consequence of this new printer support standardization, printer manufacturers will only need to build one driver package, and that package will work with all Linux distributions that are compliant with the LSB (Linux Standards Base). This will give them greater reach for their printers throughout the world, without having to support multiple distributions, the Linux Foundation suggests. Read the full story on Linux Printing Steps Toward Simplicity
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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