Printing is still something of a pain point in KDE4 for many various reasons I won't go into here, but recent developments offer hope for major improvements on two fronts over the next year. The first of those fronts is the OpenPrinting proposal for a Common Print Dialog which incorporates a document preview, simplified user options, better driver integration, and settings management. Adopting the CPD would pretty much solve all our printing issues on Linux, which is why I'm very happy to be attending the OpenPrinting Summit in San Francisco in April to discuss how to complete the CPD and integrate it into KDE and Qt, as well as other important features like end-to-end Colour Management. The second front is continuing to push for improvements in Qt itself which the OpenGov model will hopefully make a lot easier.
The OpenPrinting Summit is itself part of the larger Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, an event described as "an exclusive, invitation-only summit gathering core kernel developers, distribution maintainers, ISVs, end users, system vendors and other community organizations for plenary sessions and workgroup meetings to meet face-to-face to tackle and solve the most pressing issues facing Linux today". Well, I'm not sure how well I fit that description, but I am looking forward to earning geek points by rubbing shoulders with the Linux geekerati (+1000 for a photo with Linus) and trying to promote better collaboration between KDE and the wider Linux ecosystem.
Immediately preceding the Linux Foundation Summits is Camp KDE which I am equally as excited about attending, especially as I will get to meet many of our North American community in person for the first time. The Camp KDE program is looking pretty interesting too, with keynotes from Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation and Carol Smith of Google's Open Source Program Office, and talks from such KDE luminaries as Thiago Macieira, Ariya Hidayat, and Frank Karlitschek. I'll also be giving a talk on options for Geolocation Services in KDE and doing my best Torstan Rahn impersonation while pimping Marble. If you can be in San Fran for the first week of April be sure to register to attend, it's a great opportunity to get involved in KDE and help build the community, and it is always a lot of fun. You'll also get a free invite to the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit so you too can collect geek points :-)