Kurt has been a passionate CUPS evangelist ever since he first tested one of the first Beta releases back in June 1999. Being still quite a Linux "newbie" himself, he wrote a series of CUPS articles for he "LinuxMagazin" at the beginning of 2000. Since then he has been invited to speak at "LinuxTag" 2000, 2001 and 2002 in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe and at other Linux events in Berlin, Braunschweig, Chemnitz, Feldkirch, Giessen, Magdeburg, St. Po"lten and various other places.
He is the author of the new KDEPrint Handbook, contributes a lot to the KDEPrint web site (printing.kde.org), is working on the release of a "CUPS Printing HOWTO" for the Linux Documentation Project and is now the technical lead of the "Consulting and Training Network Printing" group for his employer, Danka Deutschland GmbH.
Kurt is working as a System Specialist. His employer is part of the world wide Danka organisation, one of the biggest manufacturer-independent vendors for software and hardware solutions in the digital and office printing business. Back in winter 1998/99, when he started to become interested in Linux, one of the things he was appalled was its poor support for professional printing requirements, compared to what he was used to from his Windows and MacOS work experiences. Even if he used the most modern printing machines at his company (which do a lot of the finishing like booklet-making automatically and online for themselves), he couldn't succeed in producing anything other than what he called "a collection of loose paper sheets, but no real printout".
Soon he discovered that the home Linux user was no more comfortable in configuring his printer. Fascinated by Linux' other features nevertheless, he started to search the Internet for some alternative printing solutions working on Linux. As this was the time when CUPS saw its first anouncement to the world (still in Alpha or Beta stage, and hardly anyone took notice then), he gave it a spin and became addicted very quickly.
He seems to have been the first person on the planet to print a professional A4 booklet, 88 pages on 22 A3-sheets, finished with folding, edge-trimming and saddle-stitched stapling on a 250.000 EURO Heidelberg-Digimaster 110ppm-printer - all under the complete control of a native Linux client printing system! Slightly disappointed by the lame reception CUPS received initially, he started to peddle at different Linux distributions to try make them include it in their bundles. As he had no quick success he soon extended his activities to different Unix and Linux print publications to get them writing a feature on this new promising printing thingy. However, most journalists he talked to on the phone seemed to be too busy with other occupations to seriously lend an ear to this "Linux rookie" who seemed to talk them into some new software they had not heard of... "You cannot really print with Linux? Gosh, what nonsense this bloke is talking..."
Only one of the editors was receptive for the request and promised to look for an author... But Kurt's initiative heavily backfired on him soon after: he got the editor's phone-call who told him he couldn't find a competent author and: "Write it yourself or you won't see anything like it!"
That's how the story started of a Linux newbie (with some general knowledge about network printing) becoming known as the "CUPS evangelist" who quickly found himself writing a series of articles for different print publications (Linux-Magazin, Linux-User, LinuxEnterprise, iX) as well as the web; later he authored the "KDE Print Handbook" and the CUPS-FAQ, gave talks and highly successful tutorials and workshops on "CUPS Printing" at different big and small Linux events. His latest project now includes organising and leading professional seminars and training on behalf of his employer on "IPP, CUPS and Printing in heterogeneous environments".
UKUUG Presentations, etc.
|Linux 2002 Conference
|KDEPrint: Ready for professional Desktop and Enterprise Network Printing requirements|
|Linux 2003 Conference
|Migrating Windows Network Printing to Samba and CUPS|