11 Sep 2000 gtaylor   » (Master)

It ended up being a busy weekend, not least because my dad came up to visit.

Big progress on foomatic happened this weekend. I blessed Till of Mandrake, and he promptly entered execution data for all known Lexmark inkjet drivers (!). Anyone with a Lexmark inkjet and the driver already installed should give a foomatic interface a spin and help us squash bugs.

I also blessed the pnm2ppa guy. He hasn't put in pnm2ppa data yet, but he said he'd try.

Assorted optimizations happened to the stp-interfaces foomatic bundle for gimp-print; Robert added me to the sourceforge project, so that users can report foomatic/stp bugs via the stp bug reporting thing there.

I have a free license quandry: I can't lay my hands on a good free database license. The goal is for data files (some of which are actually software themselves) computed from my database to be usable in most any way, by most any application free or nonfree. However, users must be able to replace the data files with new ones, regardless of the application. And users and developers should submit changes back into the Postgres "source" database, where the rest of the community can benefit from them. I'd kind of like to make that a must, but since it's difficult on a practical level to distribute the source Postgres database, this sort of devolves into a single-source/thou-shall-not-fork sort of license, which isn't what I'm after. OTOH, making it a must is the closest thing to the GPL's "thou shalt distribute the source" clauses I can think of. If anyone has any suggestions or pointers for free database licensing, I'd love to hear.

I put in for a sourceforge project to host the foomatic interface generating code and a bug reporter. Speaking of Sourceforge, I got annoyed at the HP-and-VA self-congratulatory Printing Foundry front page, so I pencilled in a recommendation for Epson Styli (which are of course the only inkjets that work properly with free software). I wonder if they'll leave it be; HP is paying the bills over at VA, after all.

I'll be giving a presentation at the MFPA (multifunction peripheral association-no, I'd never heard of it either) conference in October. Or at least I plan to if I can get them to send me the speaker registration form in something other than Word. I've completed the presentation; if anyone has anything to add, please feel free to review this and make suggestions.

I intend to represent the free software community at the conference, so if any developers on SANE, hylafax/efax, parport, hpoj/mlc, printer drivers, etc have any messages thay want me to deliver to a roomful of engineering manager types at all the usual companies, do tell...

Similarly, if any other free software people will be at this thing, I'd love to meet up with you.

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