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I guess I created a fuss on the gimp-users mailing list a couple of
weeks ago. Now, I want to ask some questions about the state of Gimp
printing and its future direction.
It seems as though there are now two options to print with Gimp: the
gutenprint plugin and the native printing.
The native printing does not appear to work properly either on Windows
or Linux. Are there plans to improve this? Can Gutenprint be made to be
a dependency? Are there efforts to add CUPS support directly to Gutenprint?
In my opinion, taking the CUPS functionality of the current native Gimp
printing and integrating that into Gutenprint would be the best option.
This would work with any CUPS-configured printer since Gutenprint can
be configured to print PostScript and CUPS provides the PPD. Once this
is done, Gutenprint can be made a dependency of Gimp (as it was before
I have used Gimp nearly since its inception and I'm quite a fan. As a
software engineer, my motivation is to try to help to improve Gimp to
make it better. Although I am quite busy, I may be able to make some
time to donate to an improvement of printing under Gimp.
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