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Linux Journal: Centralized Printing Using CUPS

Apr 08, 2004, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Colin Topliss)

"Love or hate it, printing is something every user needs to do. In today's heterogeneous computing environment, providing a centralized printing solution can prove to be a pain. The days of having a large, dedicated printer for only UNIX systems are pretty much gone. I still remember the days of de-batching prints and sending them to users. Increasingly, system administrators find themselves having to make their UNIX systems print to printers sitting next to desks that are scattered throughout the company. Add to that the need for increased security, and you could find that firewalls also need to be navigated.

"Such a situation exists where I work. A number of printers are scattered throughout the company, with UNIX systems sitting on different LANs and firewalls in between. None of the systems can talk directly to the LAN to which the printers are connected..."

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