Subject: Re: Miscellaneous OS features
To: None <>
From: Ben Harris <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/04/2003 11:45:13
In article <> you write:
>Actually, I have been working on porting ppbus (in FreeBSD) to NetBSD
>and I have printing working for standard modes and fast centronics mode
>(this is all I can test because the printer I have cannot do EPP, ECP,
>or byte mode, nibble mode seems to work). This (ppbus) has actually
>been ported into NetBSD before, but it was either machine specific
>(acorn and a pc-like architecture I think) or otherwise inappropriate.
>I have no idea if it is welcomed or not but I would like to know
>whether I should continue to work on it if it has a chance of being
>integrated (ppbus in my port is MI and should work on anything that can
>provide some interface to a parallel port).

Yes, yes, and thrice yes!  Decent support for parallel-port devices would be
really nice to have, and it clearly needs to be done in an MI way so that
the rest of us just have to write host-adaptor drivers and can have the rest
Just Work.

Ben Harris                                                   <>
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