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SubjectRe: Will the IBM OMNI printer driver be making its way into the kernel tree?
** Reply to message from Miles Lane <miles@megapathdsl.net> on 13 Feb 2001
14:18:43 -0800


> The reason I asked about inclusion is that printing is one of the areas
> that Linux seems to struggle in terms of usability and I thought perhaps
> it would make sense to modular print drivers in the kernel tree.

No, improving printing support is something that the distribution vendors are
supposed to provide.

I think you're under the assumption that this support were to be placed in the
kernel, it would then become ubiquitous. That may be true, but it's irrelevant.

Instead, what is needed is a sort of "standard" that indicates what every Linux
distribution should have in addition to the kernel. And that's something that's
being addressed by organization such as the Linux Standard Base
(http://www.linuxbase.org/). You should ask them about it.


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