The Open Printing (OP) organisation works on the development of new printing architectures, technologies, printing infrastructure, and interface standards for Linux and Unix-style operating systems. OP collaborates with the IEEE-ISTO Printer Working Group (PWG) on IPP projects.
We maintain cups-filters which allows CUPS to be used on any Unix-based (non-macOS) system. Open Printing also maintains the Foomatic database which is a database-driven system for integrating free software printer drivers with CUPS under Unix. It supports every free software printer driver known to us and every printer known to work with these drivers.
Today it is very hard to think about printing in UNIX based OSs without the involvement of Open Printing. Open Printing has been successful in implementing driverless printing following the IPP standards proposed by the PWG as well.
Working with SANE to make IPP scanning a reality. We need to make scanning work without device drivers similar to driverless printing.
Common Print Dialog Backends.
Printer/Scanner Applications - The new format for printer and scanner drivers. A simple daemon emulating a driverless IPP printer and/or scanner.
The Future of Printer Setup Tools - IPP Driverless Printing and IPP System Service. Controlling tools like cups-browsed (or perhaps also the print dialog backends?) to make the user's print dialogs only showing the relevant ones or to create printer clusters.
3D Printing without the use of any slicer. A filter that can convert a stl code to a gcode.
If you are interested in participating in this microconference and have topics to propose, please use the CfP process. More topics will be added based on CfP for this microconference.
Till Kamppeter (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Aveek Basu (email@example.com)