[kde-linux] CUPS help PLEASE!

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at cox.net
Wed Jul 17 23:57:38 UTC 2013

James Tyrer posted on Wed, 17 Jul 2013 07:25:20 -0700 as excerpted:

> It appears that the 1.6.x releases of CUPS print worse on my line
> printer.

This is simply background information as I haven't had a printer in 
several years, but I've been reading about it in my various FLOSS-related 
news feeds.  In case you didn't know, Apple, who bought out the folks 
formerly sponsoring cups and its developers, has *SERIOUSLY* (and 
extremely controversially) changed it recently (for 1.6 IIRC), basically 
ignoring the Linux use case and dropping the former support for it, 
resulting in huge problems on the Linux side.

A project to take up the slack and continue maintenance and development 
of the filters and other cups infrastructure for the Linux side was 
established and is now sponsored by the Linux Foundation which should 
take care of the problem going forward, but the transition hasn't been 
exactly smooth, to put it mildly.

So either expect and be prepared to deal with and work around hopefully 
temporary printing issues such as yours until everything settles down, or 
if possible, consider staying with older working cups for another year or 
so, /then/ upgrade, after everything has hopefully settled down and works 
once again.

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