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ESP Print Pro: The Commercial Cousin to CUPS

Jan 20, 2005, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"ESP Print Pro, by Easy Software Products, is the commercial edition of CUPS, the Common Unix Printing System. CUPS is the standard printing system on virtually all modern Linux distributions and MacOS X. It runs on all Unixes, and provides print services to Windows and *nix systems. CUPS + Linux make a good printer server for Linux/Unix LANs. CUPS + Linux + Samba make a great printer server for Windows and mixed LANs.

"CUPS works all this magic with IPP (Internet Printing Protocol). IPP is a client-server protocol that can run on a single system with an attached printer, or on a server with remote clients. You can even send print jobs to far-away remote clients over the Internet, which sounds like a cool way to replace fax machines. In practice I've had it working pretty well, but network printing is inherently troublesome enough that you should have someone at both locations to keep an eye on things..."

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