About This Site

This site is the combined home of various projects created or maintained by me, Michael R Sweet. I am probably best known as the creator of CUPS, the de-facto standard printing system for Linux®, macOS®, and UNIX®. I have written several books and started, contributed to, and developed a lot of open source projects over the years. I was also involved in the creation of the Internet Printing Protocol, AirPrint™, IPP Everywhere™, IPP 3D, IPP-USB, Wi-Fi Direct Print Services, and many other standards.

I currently run a business with my wife called Lakeside Robotics developing software for printing and educational robotics products such as LEGO® Mindstorms®, and VEX Robotics®, and am consulting for a few companies to help them with their printing solutions. I am also the secretary of the PWG Internet Printing Protocol workgroup and one of two IETF designated experts in the world for printing.

Prior to Lakeside Robotics I worked for Apple Inc. for almost 13 years developing printing software and standards on their behalf and serving as the PWG Chair for about half of that time. Apple was a great company to work for and I'm grateful for my time there.

Prior to Apple, my wife and I ran a company called Easy Software Products (ESP) which did classes for 2D and 3D graphics, printing software (including CUPS), and server software. Before I started ESP, I worked for a couple government contractors doing 2D and 3D graphics displays, multi-channel audio processing, real-time data acquisition, AI simulations, natural language interfaces, and shared memory databases.

When I am not writing software, standards, or books, I spend time with my wife, son, and extended family, and take lots of photos, an addiction I learned from my father on the many family camping trips we'd take. Ah, slideshows!