[Mageia-dev] printer-filter-utils

David Walser luigiwalser at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 20 15:00:16 CET 2012

Florian Hubold wrote:
> Am 19.02.2012 15:59, schrieb David Walser:
>> Pascal Terjan wrote:
>>> I was looking at that package, which is a collection of drivers for
>>> some printers, not updated for years
>>> It is one of the two packages requiring automake1.4, because of the
>>> included	drv_z42
>>> Looking on http://www.openprinting.org/driver/drv_z42/ original
>>> website no longer exist, and even if openprinting now hosts it they
>>> say "This driver is obsolete. Recommended replacement driver:
>>> gutenprint"
>>> Should we drop it?
>>> Does anyone has enough time to see if other drivers in this package
>>> may still be needed?
>>> And actually, if we install this package.
>> Also from openprinting, there are security issues fixed in the newest foomatic-filters (needs updated in Mageia 1 and Cauldron, see Bug 
>> 3979).  They also have a new CUPS filters set that probably needs to be packaged.  Upstream notes on it:
>> "Apple decided to not continue to develop and maintain the CUPS filters and backends which are not used by Mac OS X and moved them to 
>> OpenPrinting. They also did not accept the new filters for the PDF-based printing workflow as they are also not used by Mac OS X.
>> All these filters we continue to maintain now in one package, the OpenPrinting CUPS Filters and announce here the first stable release of 
>> this package, versionn 1.0.1."
> As you mentioned it, there are far bigger changes coming than just
> adding a new cups filter package (which is still in beta state AFAIK)
> as that is just smaller fallout from changes explained in below links.
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.printing.fsg/2020
> http://cyberelk.net/tim/2012/02/06/cups-1-6-changes-ahead/

Yikes, thanks for the links Florian.  The future removal of browsing and requirement of avahi is really unfortunate.

So this work will be needed for when we move to CUPS 1.6, which will be after Mageia 2.  Here's a good page that details the work we as a 
distro will need to do:

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