|| ||Amanda McPherson <amanda-AT-freestandards.org>|
|| ||Linux printing news|
|| ||Tue, 18 Jul 2006 15:21:43 -0700|
*The Free Standards Group Unites Linux Printing Initiatives by Merging
Linuxprinting.org* *with the OpenPrinting Workgroup*
/Support for Printing Will Now Be Added to the Linux Standard Base,
moving closer to the goal of making printing on Linux just work/
San Francisco, Calif. July 18, 2006 The Free Standards Group (FSG),
a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open
source software standards, today announced Linuxprinting.org, the de
facto standard repository for printer drivers on Linux, is merging with
the FSG's OpenPrinting workgroup and will be integrated and supported in
the Linux Standard Base (LSB). The result will be easier and
standardized printing functionality on Linux and an ease of support for
Linux and printing vendors and makes the Free Standards Group the
central organization for printing on Linux and open source Unix. With
this announcement, the Free Standards Group unifies all standardization
activities for the Linux meta-platform, including desktop, server,
application interoperability, developer support and printing.
Major printing vendors including Ricoh, HP, Epson, Kyocera, Brother and
many others currently use Linuxprinting.org as their standard support
vehicle for their Linux printer drivers. The system is used by the
printer setup tools of most Linux distributions including Red Hat,
Novell, Ubuntu, Debian, Mandriva and others. The database currently
lists 250 free software printer drivers and 2000 printers, with 10,000
people visiting the site for printing support everyday. The FSG is also
announcing is has hired Till Kamppeter, the current manager of
Linuxprinting.org, to oversee this project and other Linux printing
The FSG is the only organization that can solve these types of issues
for Linux, said Till Kamppeter, manager of Linuxprinting.org. Their
support will make the site more reliable and will allow us to add
printing API support to the LSB that will make printing easier for Linux
users. The reach, visibility and stability of the FSG also will attract
more printer manufacturers to the database which will make the supported
list of printers even longer.
We are extremely excited to have linuxprinting.org and Till join the
FSG fold, said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards
Group. Integrating important projects like this database with the
existing work of OpenPrinting and the LSB brings us even closer to our
goal of a fully competitive and functional Linux platform for everyone:
developers writing applications, end users using Linux for all their
desktop and server operating needs, and the hardware, and software and
printing manufacturers who want their products to work on multiple
distributions of Linux. Unifying Linux printing services is an important
step in that process.
*Overwhelming Vendor Support for Merger*
"Merging Linuxprinting.org with the Free Standards Group is a great
development for making printing 'just work' on Linux," said Hiroyuki
Funahashi, general manager of Brother Industries, Ltd.
We always appreciate the work of linuxprinting.org to help users work
with our products comfortably.
"Our Linux Team is delighted to see Linuxprinting.org merge with the
Free Standards Group," said Olaf Meeuwissen of EPSON AVASYS Corporation.
"We have been working with and contributing to both for quite some time
now. Since its start Linuxprinting.org has grown to become the de facto
standard site for end users to get their printers to just work. The
FSG's OpenPrinting work group has been a mostly vendor driven effort to
standardize printing. We expect the merge to get both sides to
understand one another better, ultimately leading to a better printing
experience for both."
"Konica Minolta is appreciative of the merging of Linuxprinting.org and
Open Printing within the FSG and believe it will improve the printing
functionality of Linux and UNIX," said Atsuhi Sekiguchi of Konica
Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
"Ricoh is pleased to see Linuxprinting.org merged with the Free
Standards Group," said Yoshikazu Sugimoto, Vice President, Advanced
Imaging & Network Technologies, Ricoh Corporation. Linuxprinting.org
serves as the primary information source for the user community printing
with free software and has been a great success for our customers. The
expanded scope of the Free Standards Group will increase printing from
the Linux platform."
"We at Sharp are happy to hear that Linuxprinting.org and the FSG are
joining forces, said Jens Stark, product manager at Sharp Electronics.
An incredibly useful site combined with a strong organization is a
hard-to-beat combination, not only when it comes to printing with free
software. We are looking forward to continuing our support for printing
with free software. Also, congratulations on hiring Till, one of the top
printing experts on the planet!"
*Integrating linuxprinting.org with OpenPrinting*
For the past several years, Linuxprinting.org has been a central
location for printing resources for Linux and Unix and the de facto
standard for printer driver integration. In parallel, FSG's OpenPrinting
workgroup has designed standard APIs for Linux/Unix printing workflow.
Since both organizations have common goals and interests, the merging of
the two projects under the FSG umbrella will create a central source of
record for Linux and Unix printing. The result and the bi-directional
integration with the LSB will be one central place for all
printing-related topics which include:
*Standard printing APIs and libraries
*Hardware manufacturer and ISV support and consulting
*Legacy driver integration
*End user support
The linuxprinting.org database is implemented in XML and is accompanied
by a universal Postscript Printer Description (PPD) file based print
filter and software which automatically creates Adobe-compliant PPD
files and complete print queues for all known free spoolers: CUPS,
LPRng, LPD, GNUlpr, PPR, CPS, PDQ and spooler-less printing. With these
queues, the user has access to the full functionality of the printer
driver and can use all printer options out of applications (such as
OpenOffice) or from Windows/Mac clients.
The OpenPrinting workgroup has recently released two specifications that
enhance the interaction of applications and printers and help to achieve
the goal of a standardized print environment in *nix environments. The
two specifications Print Application Programming Interface (PAPI)
Version 1.0 and Job Ticket Application Programming Interface (JTAPI)
Version 1.0 are available today at http://www.openprinting.org/.
More information can be found at http://www.linuxprinting.org and
About the Free Standards Group
The Free Standards Group is an independent nonprofit organization
dedicated to accelerating the use and acceptance of free and open source
software by developing and promoting standards. Key Free Standards Group
projects include the Linux Standard Base (LSB), Linuxprinting.org,
OpenPrinting, OpenI18N, and the FSG Accessibility Workgroup. Supported
by leaders in the IT industry as well as the open source development
community, the Free Standards Group fulfills a critical need to have
common behavioral specifications, tools and ABIs across Linux platforms.
More information on the Free Standards Group is available at
Free Standards Group
2370 Market St. #157
San Francisco, CA 94114
V: (415) 531-0483
F: (415) 354-1787
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