Printer manufacturer Ricoh USA, listening to the energetic advocating of their Linux engineer, has decided to provide Cristian Tibirna of the KDE printing development team with a professional RICOH CL4000DN colour laser printer. Thanks to this support the KDE printing development team will be able to do better tests of the new features in CUPS 1.2 and extend the degree of support in KDE Print for professional printing features which currently lack support by Free Software.
Ricoh's Linux engineer and driver developer George Liu said "What we want to do is support Linux printing, and KDE Print is the most successful printing environment." George has also initiated and advocated the contribution of a number of PPD drivers to LinuxPrinting.org.
It is a duty of honour to underline that the vast majority of the KDE Print
work was done by Michael Goffioul, the creator of the full suite of KDE Print
technologies. Michael passed maintainership to me a few months ago, yet he is
still actively helping with my understanding of the code and with debugging. Our unreserved thanks go to George and Ricoh for their generosity. Many thanks to Michael for the tremendous work he did in past years.