Printing Test Day

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

It’s that time again.  Fedora 16′s Printing Test Day is tomorrow, Thursday October 6th.  Come along and help make printing work better on Fedora!

The Test Day page has instructions on what you need and how to test.

More D-Bus goodness in system-config-printer

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Previously I’ve described the D-Bus activation of dialogs in system-config-printer-1.3.  That D-Bus interface has been extended to help improve GNOME.

Fedora 15 has been released for a little while now, including GNOME 3.  One of the great new features in this release of GNOME is the System Settings window.  It is easily accessed from the system menu in the top right corner of the desktop.

This shows a System Settings window containing an overview of all the various tweakable settings for the system, including personal preferences.  They are shown as icons, such as “Keyboard”, “Background”, “Printers” etc, organised into groups: Personal, Hardware, System, and Other.  Clicking on one of them changes the window so it shows the settings relating to that topic.  So if you click on Printers, you get this:

It’s great to have printer configuration in GNOME, and this interface is nice and simple.  There are a couple of things that it needs to learn to do though.

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Adding a printer to CUPS

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The GNOME 3 printer settings module looks like it will be great. The plan for adding a new printer is deceptively ambitious: the user interface design is that you click “+”, choose a printer device, and then click “Add” and the job is done.

For those unfamiliar with printing, this sounds easy enough. To make the user interface as easy to use as that takes more work than you would think at first glance. It’s the direction I’ve been moving towards in system-config-printer.

Here is a description of the issues involved.

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Presenting at OpenPrinting Summit today

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Just a quick note that I’ll be presenting by phone today, Thursday 15th April, at the OpenPrinting Summit on the topic of automatic printer driver installation in Fedora 13.  The talk is at 1600 UTC / 1700 BST, and was not Wednesday as scheduled.  The schedule hasn’t been updated yet, but when it is you can find it and the dial-in information here.

Printer Device IDs wanted

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The new feature in Fedora 13 for installing printer drivers automatically makes it all the more important to have correct IEEE 1284 Device IDs for printers.  Unfortunately many drivers shipped in Fedora do not declare Device IDs for all the printers they support, and some of the ones we do have are wrong.

You can help put this right, whether you are running Fedora 13 Alpha, or Fedora 11/12.

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