[Printing-architecture] Re: [Desktop_printing] Deprecate IJS? GhostScript with only "opvp" as output device?

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Mon May 15 17:16:39 PDT 2006

Till Kamppeter wrote:
> Michael Sweet wrote:
>> Both Gutenprint and HPLIP have CUPS native interfaces that are better
>> suited to pure-raster printing.
> I do not want to deprecate CUPS raster (CUPS raster is probably the
> second reason to deprecate IJS), it is probably the better choice in
> terms of color management and clean job canceling than OpenPrinting vector.
> When will HP's rastertohplip be published?

You need to ask HP about that.  I do owe them a .drv file against
the latest release...

>>> And with the OpenPrinting vector interface one would even be able to
>>> modularize out all the GhostScript output devices and leave GhostScript
>>> with "opvp" as the only output device. So also the problem of the X11
>>> output drivers in the GhostScript implementation of distributions and
>>> using GhostScript on X-less servers would get nicely solved.
>>> WDYT?
>> We still need to ensure that the new interface is compatible on all
>> of the current operating systems; for us that means: AIX, HP-UX, IRIX,
>> Linux, MacOS X, Solaris, and *BSD.
> If an OS does not provide any possibility for dynamic linking like libdl
> under Linux, we must fall back to a separate process, where the driver
> library is statically linked to the server executable.
>> Also, the X11 problem is already solved by the dynamic module support,
>> right?
> Yes, but this solution seems not to be overtaken by upstream (AFPL/GPL)
> GhostScript.
>   Till

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products           mike at easysw dot com
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