Posted May 22, 2012 18:34 UTC (Tue) by bredelings (subscriber, #53082)
Parent article: Announcing printerd
I've been looking forward to PDF printing queues for a bit. My printer can print PDF, and PDF can express some things that PostScript cannot. So, hopefully this would allow those features to print directly, and remove some of the overhead of converting PDFs to PS before printing. All the articles I want to print are in PDF now, not PS.
As far as other formats, some current print queues already convert text to PS before printing. This is different than disallowing text -- text is still allowed, but it isn't sent directly to the printer. Whether the everything-is-a-PDF paradigm has enough benefits to offset the cost of converting all documents to PDF before printing is something I'm not completely sure about.