OpenPrinting

We have resources to help with printing under free operating systems like GNU/Linux and the BSDs or under commercial UNIX-like systems such as Solaris and Mac OS X. Looking for configuration or driver help? Try our CUPS Quick Start or look for your printer in the OpenPrinting Database. For more detail, try Till's Tutorial. If all else fails, ask a human in the forums. Researching a printer purchase? Simply browse our database. Looking for software? We host Foomatic, cups-filtersprinter driver packages, and some other programs. Want to help? Here's how.

OpenPrinting is participating in Google Summer of Code 2014

This year we have again many interesting student projects to choose from, especially to implement support for the new IPP Everywhere printer standard which will eliminate the need of printer-model-specific drivers, making printers just work with any operating system. Here is an overview of all our suggested projects on our project ideas list:

  • IPP Everywhere for USB printers: Add IPP-over-USB support to CUPS/Linux
  • Complete IPP Everwhere support of CUPS: rastertopdf filter to accept PWG Raster as input format
  • GTK (GNOME) Print Dialog: Support for driver-less printing on network printers, especially also IPP Everywhere printers
  • PPD Generator for driver-less printing: Poll capabilities from printer via IPP and generate an appropriate PPD file
  • Add MuPDF support to cups-filters for a lightweight mobile printing stack
  • Add printer output backends to MuPDF
  • Improve the pdftopvp filter to not need copying Poppler source code or unstable APIs
  • PWG Job-Ticket backend for libJTAPI (Job Ticket API)
  • Foomatic: Improving the PPD generation capabilities: Option conflicts and printer compatibility classes
  • Modularization of built-in GhostScript drivers into an OPVP driver
  • Vendor WIN32 driver made available to Linux applications
  • Get the cairo color management code upstream

All students who want to do a project with us are asked to apply as described here until March 21, 2014. And as always, we are not limited to the posted ideas, we also accept the student's own ideas. For questions please see the contact info on the ideas list

OpenPrinting Summit 2014 together with PWG Meeting in Toronto, Canada on August 12-15

Our annual meeting, the OpenPrinting Summit is approaching! This time it is held together with the PWG (Printing Working Group) Meeting in Toronto, Canada. We invite again printer manufacturers, developers of Linux printing components as CUPS, Ghostscript, Color Management, desktops, applications, of Linux distributions, ... to plan and discuss on making printing under Linux "just work". This time the sessions are again integrated with the sessions of the PWG, an OS-independent standardization organization for digital printing.

PDF is the standard print job format from CUPS 1.6.x on

All important desktop applications (GTK/GNOME, Qt/KDE, LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Thunderbird, ...) send print jobs in PDF and not in PostScript any more by default. In addition, a complete CUPS filter chain to process print jobs in PDF is available and used.

CUPS author Mike Sweet/Apple have decided to not include the Linux-specific CUPS filters in the upstream CUPS source any more and we have agreed to maintain them at OpenPrinting. Here we have done some clean-up and have discontinued the filters for the PostScript-centric workflow in favor of the PDF workflow, meaning that the upstream standard for CUPS under Linux (using CUPS plus our cups-filters package) is the PDF-based job processing, letting every non-PDF input be converted to PDF first, page management options being applied by a pdftopdf filter and Ghostscript being called with PDF as input.

Only exception is if the input data is PostScript and the printer is a PostScript printer or the printer driver requires PostScript as input. The we do not turn PostScript into PDF and back into PostScript but pass the PostScript through the pstops filter as before.

Having this workflow we ask all driver developers kindly to not create any PPDs/drivers for non-Postscript printers which require exclusively PostScript. PPD files should at least accept PDF or CUPS Raster now. See also our driver design/packaging page.

More info on our page about the PDF printing workflow and on the cups-filters page.

Making Printing "Just Work" - Volunteers and/or Sponsors needed!

For getting a great user experience with printing there is still a lot of coding needed. Your contribution, either work or funding, is highly appreciated. As we want our work to get a standard, we will let every completed project get into the major Linux distributions, so your work will help a lot of Linux users and will make Linux a better OS.

Enter the amazing world of free software and help fixing bug #1 of Linux.

Currently, we appreciate volunteers/sponsors for these projects:

Vendor WIN32/Mac OS X drivers made available to Linux applications:

Make many more printers working under Linux by creating a wrapper framework for the manufacturer's Windows/Mac OS X drivers, like the ndiswrapper for WLAN cards.

JTAPI implementation: The OpenPrinting workgroup has designed a Job Ticket API (JTAPI) already. You can help us by writing an implementation of this API (libjtapi). We especially also need an implementation of the Printer Working Group: Print Job Ticket (PWG:PJT).

Find more information and contact info on our project implementation page.

We appreciate your participation on these projects.

For Developers

The goal of the OpenPrinting workgroup is to develop and promote a set of standards that will address the complete printing needs of embedded, mobile, desktop, enterprise, and production environments, including management, reliability, security, scalability, printer feature access and network accessibility. This is achieved by

OpenPrinting has merged with the former linuxprinting.org and provides now a one-stop location for printing with Posix-style operating systems. OpenPrinting organizes several meetings throughout the year to bring the important people on the area of printing together. Meetings recently held are:

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Announcements/News

 

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According to the Bank of England, each year since 2010, £23 billion of foreign money has poured into the London property market. One would think that this is a good thing for the economy, but most of these foreign buyers have never been to London, or at least have no intention of spending any time here.

 

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cups-filters

Introduction

CUPS is a standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for Mac OS® X and other UNIX®-like operating systems. CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol ("IPP") and provides System V and Berkeley command-line interfaces, a web interface, and a C API to manage printers and print jobs.

OpenPrinting Summit/PWG Meeting Cupertino 2013

Actionable next steps toward the goal of making printing on Linux "just work".

The printing activities of the Linux Foundation revolve around a few focal points:

Support for Fuji Xerox C240 printer PCL

We have recently installed a used Fuji Xerox C240 colour multi function printer in our office which is a Mac only environment. All machines are running mountain lion.

The standard Apple and Fuji drivers are for Postscript only but the printer does not have a postscript kit.
I have also tried downloading Open Source drivers using hpijs and associated pre-requisites rom the OpenPrinting forum but this specific printer is not listed. I have tried a few other printer model drivers from this solution, plus generic PCL but none will print properly or in colour.

Google Summer of Code 2013: OpenPrinting projects

Main GSoC Linux Foundation page: How to apply, deadlines, other workgroups, ...

Contact

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I recently purchased a Canon MX420 printer & TRIED TO CONNECT IT TO MY DELL STUDIO LAPTOP. No luck.  Got a message to say there was an error, hence here I am trying to find out how to connect my printer to my Dell Studio 17 INCH Laptop. Can anyone help? Thanks, Lionel.

Getting a Samsung ML-1210 to work on Mac OS 10.8

I keep forgetting how to do this so I made myself a tutorial. My machine is Mountain Lion (10.8.2) but it should work on Lion too.

 

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Just request of driver Epson L100.....?

OpenPrinting Summit/PWG Meeting Cupertino 2012

Actionable next steps toward the goal of making printing on Linux "just work".

The printing activities of the Linux Foundation revolve around a few focal points:

TDF plans to bring out online and mobile versions of Libre Office.

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http://ubuntumanual.org/posts/437/tdf-plans-to-bring-out-online-and-mobile-versions-of-libre-office

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