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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Happily In My CUPS

Jan 17, 2001, 18:17 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"Setting up printing under Linux is not a pleasant pastime. The semi-automatic printer configurators shipped with Linux distributions are unreliable, especially if you get a different printer -- Heaven help you if it's a brand new one (most of which are Winprinters, kind of like a toaster that prints, anyway) for which there is no driver support yet -- but the big problem is that the printing mechanism in Linux has always been a kind of afterthought. And it shows."

"Linux distributions for the longest time used a BSD-style print queue, which was a combination filter/spooler that through the kindly offices of GhostScript would take the PostScript output of most applications and convert it into something easily digested by whatever was attached to the parallel port. It worked reliably once it was set up, but setting it up was often maddening...."

"Email arrived a couple of weeks ago suggesting that I give CUPS a try. CUPS is the Common Unix Printing System, and it solves a multitude of problems. My guess is that it will become the Linux standard before long. (Yes, I said standard. And I expect a few dozen emails the gist of which are, 'we don't need no steenkin' standards,' to which I respond in advance: You may avoid growing up, but that doesn't mean Linux can't.)"

"Mostly, CUPS works."

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