[Sugar-devel] Print Support proposal (need input) Beta
Benjamin M. Schwartz
bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Mar 19 14:35:06 EDT 2009
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Vamsi Krishna Davuluri wrote:
> But as tomeu had pointed out, what of the schools without servers? In that
> case printing would have a need to be done from the laptops themselves.
Yes. There are lots of potential use cases that you might support, but
you will not be able to support them all. I am suggesting that you
approach this as a "critical path" problem. Do the absolute minimum
amount of work necessary to achieve useful functionality in some
situations, and then grow it from there.
> And personally I would definitely prefer a client-server approach as it
> simplifies many things. But shouldn't the print-to-pdf be a good addition?
> In my opinion that would at least give the kids something through which they
> can display their presentations to the real world.
I agree the ability to convert things to PDF would be nice to have. I
even proposed it as a feature of the Journal in June:
What I am saying here is: conversion to PDF within Sugar is not on the
critical path to working print support.
> one question, the school server will be running on a normal distro, or
The school server is running a normal distribution, probably headless.
> I believe pdf printing should be present on the laptops at least, so I will
> push it as an end derivable.
Well, that's fine. I just want to warn you against putting too many
things into one Summer of Code proposal. Remember: most Summer of Code
projects fail, because the project is too big and the code never reaches
sufficient quality to be merged into the main codebase.
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