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The Future Brightens for Linux Printing

Jun 11, 1999, 12:15 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Sweet)

[ In response to Mr. Sweet's earlier article... -lt ed ]

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products, 11 June 1999

Thanks to a tremendous response from Linux users all over the world, we have changed the license for our Common UNIX Printing System software from the AFPL to the GNU General Public License. This will allow vendors develop and distribute printer drivers licensed under the GPL freely.

Commercial support for vendors distributing CUPS under the GPL will be available from Easy Software Products within the next month. Vendors wishing to distribute their drivers under other licenses should contact Easy Software Products to obtain "binary distribution" rights for CUPS.

Commercial support for users of CUPS will be available by purchasing our ESP Print software for as little as $45 US for the Linux version.

The Common UNIX Printing System provides a portable printing layer for UNIX® operating systems. It has been developed by Easy Software Products to promote a standard printing solution for all UNIX vendors and users. CUPS provides the System V and Berkeley command-line interfaces.

CUPS also includes a customized version of GNU GhostScript (currently based off GNU GhostScript 4.03) and an image file RIP that can be used to support non-PostScript printers.

Sample drivers are provided for the HP DeskJet and LaserJet series printers. Drivers for over 1200 printers are available in our ESP Print software.

The Common UNIX Printing System, CUPS, and the CUPS logo are the trademark property of Easy Software Products. Information on ESP Print can be found at "http://www.easysw.com". Information on CUPS can be found at "http://www.cups.org". You can also contact us by telephone at +1.301.373.9600 or by email at "print@easysw.com".