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Jeremy Allison: HP ships Linux and Samba 2.2 based print appliance.

Mar 20, 2001, 20:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Allison)

[ Thanks to Jeremy Allison for this link. ]

Jeremy Allison of the Samba team writes:

I know it doesn't get top billing here and they don't mention what it's actually running :-). But down in this link :

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/20mar01a.htm

HP mentions:

"The second-generation HP Print Server Appliance 4200 features a point and print function that automates the installation of printers. The appliance off-loads spooling and printing services from general purpose file servers to improve IT management, installation, administration and optimization of network printing services. The HP Print Server Appliance 4200 supports Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, Millennium and UNIX clients. It replaces the HP Jetdirect 4000 print appliance, which was the industry's first appliance server of its kind."

HP's printer appliance division has given me permission to finally talk publicly about the work the Samba Team (via contract with VA Linux and Linuxcare) have been doing with HP on this.

This appliance is based on a Linux kernel running Samba 2.2 on top, and HP collaberated with us (and donated *lots* of new code to Samba) to provide Windows NT auto driver download (point and print) functionality, which is already available in the alpha snapshots of Samba 2.2 (and via CVS of course), and will be generally available once Samba 2.2 ships.

HP testing has really beaten the Samba 2.2 printing code up and improved it immensely - we've tested this sucker with over 10,000 simultaneous print jobs in a queue. It works (although slowly with that many jobs :-).

The HP print appliance people have been a *delight* to work with, these are people who really *GET* Open Source/Free software.

Thanks HP !

Jeremy Allison,
Samba Team

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