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Fwd: RFC: Forming a Printing Task Force (was RFA: cups -- Common UNIX Printing System)

Hi debian-printing !

Forwarding as it is of interest for you…



Didier Raboud, proud Debian Maintainer (DM).
CH-1020 Renens
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Hi all, 

I'm answering to RFA bug #532097, CC'ing to various printing-related packages 
and to pkg-cups-devel@l.a.d.o. Please followup to the pkg-cups-devel list (if 
that's OKay).

=== Preamble ===

I just joined Chris Lawrence, along with Till Kamppeter in maintaining some 
foomatic-* packages. Then I noticed the big² pile of work in ghostscript, cups 
and many surrounding packages. 

I don't intend to fingerpoint specific people or teams, but the situation is 
worrying : some unresolved security issues, many RC bugs, tons of bugs, an 
increasing diff with Ubuntu, etc.

My perception of the problem is that the forces are currently divided between 
Ubuntu and Debian. It seems that Ubuntu is better than Debian in keeping up with 
patches, etc. In my humble opinion, it is now time to get those patches back to 
Debian and merge our forces towards a better printing experience for both Debian 
and Ubuntu users.

=== Proposal ===

I propose to form a "Printing Task Force" that would join the Debian and Ubuntu 
forces around common repositories: there is almost never interest in keeping a 
diff between Debian and Ubuntu. This group would handle the following packages:

	? other ones ?

Would there be some interest in such a group ? What other packages would suit ?

Thanks in advance, cheers,


N.B. I intentionally kept out of the discussion the "implementation details" 
such as $VCS choice, mailing-list or group name, etc.

Didier Raboud, proud Debian Maintainer (DM).
CH-1020 Renens

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