Introduction and Lexmark Printer Driver

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at
Fri May 18 15:48:37 UTC 2007

Also welcome to the list.

As I already told on the IRC I am manager of the OpenPrinting project 
and I also do printing stuff for Ubuntu.

Unfortunately, I have never done anything with the Lexmark Linux DDK, as 
I do not have a Lexmark inkjet nor did I have to package the DDK for a 

The reason why it is not in distros is that it contains closed-source 
parts. HPLIP made it into all the distros quickly because HP decided to 
release the whole thing as free software. So setting up HP printers 
usually just works under Linux.

I appreciate your work on getting actual drivers with the Lexmark Linux 
DDK. This will make many user's printers work. See all these posts of 
users crying for a driver on the Lexmark forum on OpenPrinting (you 
should post calls for testing there as soon as you have some code).

I will also look into whether your driver could be added to multiverse 
in Ubuntu (but this probably needs permission from someone from Lexmark).

Can you post a link to the current Lexmark Linux DDK site? Thanks.


tim wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I am new to this list and would like to introduce myself. My name is Timothy 
> Armstrong and I have been a software developer for about 10 years now. I 
> mainly develop in Delphi/Pascal but have knowledge in other areas as well. My 
> linux experience is quite a bit less, I have been running Ubuntu/Kubuntu for 
> almost a year now and run it on a server at my office and my family's home 
> computer. 
> I would like to start helping the ubuntu community by working on a project 
> that is causing myself some problems. My Lexmark X6170 does not work with 
> Linux and I would like to help develop a driver using the kit provided by 
> Lexmark. Is anyone currently working on this and if so, how can I help?
> Thanks for having me and I look forward to working with you all.
> Tim (IRC: Timmay)

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