JAN
26
2007

Researching the state of PDF manipulation tools in the world of Free Software (1)

Readers of my blog will know it already: Linux printing is geared to move towards PDF to make it its core spooling and job processing format. (This won't happen over night, and this won't make PostScript printing any harder, so don't worry).

JAN
25
2007

Another piece of printing code that might be missing on KDE4...

Over at the CUPS mailing lists/forums, an ongoing discussion thrashes out some changes that will affect the future of Linux desktop printing. One point is about the "Foomatic" drivers. This driver family is not "native" to CUPS -- Foomatic is a clever trick to plug Ghostscript as an add-on into the CUPS filtering system. So the question was, how could they blend into CUPS in a more harmoneous way?

JAN
16
2007

"Decentralised Installation Systems"

Thomas Leonhard, author of Zero-Install, has written an excellent article about "Decentralised Installation Systems". I don't agree with every little detail of it, but it is definitely worth a read and worth some serious thoughts.

JAN
16
2007

A Secret revealed: How to quick'n'dirty test for correct font embedding in print documents.

I decided to leak a far well-guarded secret. It is about quick'n'dirty-testing of font embedding in print files. Pay attention: I use kpdf as the KDEPrint "preview" application. By default, your system most likely uses kghostview.

To change it:

JAN
15
2007

Bugzilla Cleanup ; KDE Printing Tips+Tricks ; KDEPrint in KDE4

It looks like one of the recurrent problems of people using KDEPrint's more advanced features is with "number-up" printing, combined with "print duplex when I have a simplex printer" (yes, you can turn the stack of paper round and feed it a second time through the printer; hope and pray it doesn't munch it). This then piles up like here:

JAN
10
2007

KDEPrint 'Junior Job': fix bug number 139882

The last few days I ploughed through the KDEPrint bugs.

This should serve the same purpose as outlined in my last blog entry: to make it more easy for the real coders to see the valid and important bugs (we're short of people who've enough time to work on KDEPrint code for KDE4).

JAN
10
2007

Want to help improve KDE? But you can't write code? Join the KDE Bugsquad!

Last weekend I took part in the "Konqueror Bugsquad Days". We had a few handful of KDE contributors taking part, AFAIK all of them non-C++/Qt coders. Knowing nearly nothing about HTML rendering, or JavaScript and what-not, I picked to sift through all bug reports that contained the string "print".

Why do we do it at all? We want to cleanse the bug data base.

DEC
25
2006

klik://mailody

I've created a (quick'n'dirty) "klik recipe" for mailody 0.3 (using the SUSE 9.3 RPM made by Guru, to ensure maximum portability).

Mailody embedded into one single file, mailody.cmg, with 430 kByte size, running on most current Linux systems; you can start the klik-ed mailody even from CD, or run it from a USB stick....

DEC
21
2006

klik service gaining new features (adding some more user friendliness)

probono [image:2591 align="left" hspace=3 vspace=6 border=3 width=150] has added a few cool hacks to the klik server. One is that all package recipes which are auto-created from the Debian repositories and klik's "server side apt" do now display version numbers. So if you browse the klik recipe repository, you'll now see how much net load you'll get in a minute :-)

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