Monday, June 18, 2007

KNewStuff2

My project:
  • Download xml from openprinting.org
  • Parse for "our" printer
  • If found:
    • Download rpm for driver and ppd (whatever available/necessary with this info being in the xml)
    • Install the rpm
  • If not found:
    • Report to the user that they should do something such as:
      • Investigate (google) if there really is no support
      • Write a letter to the manufacturer requesting support etc.

KNewStuff2 project:

KNewStuff2 (KNS2) is an implementation of the "Get Hot New Stuff" (GHNS) framework (if that's the right word).

It's aims and usage scenarios (AFAICT from http://preview.tinyurl.com/yro4qa) don't seem to suit My Project as:
  • I need to select what to download based, not on user preference, but on something fixed - the hardware
  • KNS2 expects simple post-processing such as unzipping etc.
These somewhat rule out KNS2. They don't quite do so very decisively, but I feel that using KNS2 would be shoehorning somewhat.

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