[sugar] 9.1 Proposal: Printing support
Tue Oct 21 09:16:48 EDT 2008
On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 12:03 AM, C. Scott Ananian <cscott at laptop.org> wrote:
> I think we're on the same page here. For 9.1, what's the *least* work
> we can do to get *something* done on the printing front?
> Once the
> basics are out there, hopefully we'll have community motivated to take
> it "the rest of the way", whatever that is.
Hmmm, this needs a serious think and a design. It's not an incremental
step-at-a-time progress thing that we can expect the community
naturally take on. Strong design-and-code leads emerge less
frequently, and this is an important aspect of getting this feature to
OTOH, would love to see someone prepared to prove me wrong :-)
On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 1:57 AM, <pgf at laptop.org> wrote:
> can's mdns/avahi help with discovery? it'd be a shame to have to
> manually configure a server address or name.
I definitely want to have a service announcement scheme for the XO to discover:
- what services are offered in the network
- by which server
- some additional arbitrary metadata (version, supported extensions
- reasonably scalable - chatty stuff squandering network resources is
something we cannot have
- optionally non-trivially-spoofable (not sure if this is reasonable to expect)
in short, something a notch or two up from hardcoding "local" dns
names. Douglas has been looking into mdns/avahi (for the activity
installer control panel) -- and from what he saw in the initial review
I'm not 200% convinced. By which I mean I want to review it a bit
more, perhaps it's indeed the best scheme, but it sure looked chatty.
So I guess that's one proposal for this 9.1 series. The printing
proposal would then use this service (or DNS if we fail to
deliver!).The XS side needs a fully fledged automagically configuring
cups setup which is not entirely trivial.
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